I know that English Springers were bred for springing/flushing gamebirds but the bench variety - are they still really birdy? I have two birds - who will never be out of their cages when the dog is around but I don't want to have to keep them locked away in a bedroom in their cages too. About how much exercise does one recommend for ESS? like are they as intense as an Aussie or BC or are they just really a bigger slightly amped up Cocker? Some places I've read about them basically make them sound like they need hours and hours of daily exercise or they will go neurotic. I like Spaniels personality in general. I like the tail wagging Velcro dogs. I like Cockers in personality but I want a slightly bigger dog - a little more hardy and with less health issues. I want a dog that gets along well with people, other animals and can be okay with relaxing at home or will be ok if we go camping, or out on the boat (maybe even swim!). I don't mind throwing a ball around, or horseplay or taking long walks. If I were to go to a breeder when I/we are ready, how likely are we to be able to request that our pup's tail not be docked? Like are quality breeders of ESS willing to do that? I know some Breeders may refuse to do that if the breed is shown with a docked tail.