Primary seborrhea causes scaly skin. Some dogs are born with a defect of the normal keratinization of the skin. Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems. Distichiasis is a condition in which there is growth of extra eyelashes from the glands of the upper or lower eyelid. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a disorder of the eye that results when tear production is decreased. Pannus is a disease of the eye resulting in inflammation. Progressive retinal degeneration (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition can lead to blindness. Cutaneous asthenia is an inherited disorder of the collagen synthesis the skin resulting in fragility and hyperextensibility of the skin. Megaesophagus is a dilatation of the esophagus caused by decreased contraction of the muscles, causing food regurgitation. Melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment.
The average lifespan of the English springer spaniel is approximately 12 to 14 years.
We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.