My ex has always had Springers. They have energy, but not much more than the typical dog. I would consider them a lot like a lab. They are not at all like Irish Setters, which I have heard are very hyper. Very loving, smart and loyal dogs. It was my first experience with something other than a bulldog (which is what I grew up with) A lot of grooming due to their feathers and his ears being long got yeasty a lot. But he loved water and playing etc. Great family pup for when the boys were little. Gordon was Black and White, very beautiful.