ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELS
Apart from what might be gleaned on our home page, there is still so much to say about the faces behind Spellcraft Springers.
Bri has worked in and around animal husbandry most of her life, originally raised surrounding a pack of Standard Dachshunds, horses, and birds bred for companionship in her childhood. She was taught proper handling and gained an overarching love for our animal companions from the day she could walk. As a toddler, she'd even crawl in the bird cages with some of the parrots - safely, of course!
2016 was when the first English Springer Spaniel, Aspen, came home with Bri and began living with her rescue dog, Boogie. At the time, she was still on her journey to fully understanding what ethical breeding practices in the dog world were. She'd been around ethical bird practices, but had only known the joys of canine ownership and was not yet introduced to things such as dog health testing, conformation, and what made a breeder responsible. Through much hardship, Aspen was a big lesson on what could happen when someone bred dogs with little care for their temperament, structure, or over all health. Sweet Aspy does still live today and is as loved as can be; it was through her struggles Bri began to dig much deeper into dog training, health, temperament, structure, and even into dog sports and how important they could be.
Aspen thus also became Bri's first introduction to dog sports. Although she never went on to compete, they experimented in both agility and nose work - dappling here and there in other things as well. After a few years and after tireless dedication to research and proper practices, Salem was brought home and became - what was hoped - as the foundation bitch for Bri's program.
Brandon, Bri's partner, also began to get involved as the years have gone by and become a team, both working toward goals of preservation and betterment of the English Springer Spaniel breed. It was for this reason that Salem was picked as their first program dog. Despite living in the United States, Bri wanted to pick the historical rendition of the breed seen in major registries such as the Federation Cynologique internationale (FCI). The goal remains to preserve what has been demonstrated as both aesthetically pleasing to the eye and an incredible working dog over dozens of years, both in the field and as a sport dog across the world as opposed to the more modern American adaptations.