Welsh Springer Spaniel

<p>A hardworking, versatile hunter, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a solid, muscular dog with a strong nose and webbed feet. He is gentle, loyal and sensitive, making him an excellent companion. Nicknamed the “Velcro dog,” the Welsh Springer Spaniel is happiest when close to his family. </p> <p>A jolly, athletic breed with great stamina, he should be vigorously exercised daily, and his flat, feathered coat needs to be brushed weekly. </p>



46cms to 48cms tall


Welsh Springer bitches: between 16 to 18kg, Dogs: between 18 to 20kg

Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Hunting, Tracking, Field Trials

Red and white

Welshies have all the soft-eyed faithfulness of the other spaniels and are totally devoted to their families. They are high-spirited, good-natured companions.

They are people-orientated dogs but can be a bit reserved with strangers. However, they will never show any aggression. They mix well with children and other household pets. They are family dogs and need company.

Compact, symmetrical dogs, Welshies are built for endurance and hard work. They are quick, active movers, covering the ground with smooth, powerful strides. They have glossy, silky, flat coats with feathering on their extremities.

12 – 15 years

Rich red and white is the only colour combination to be seen in the Welsh Springer Spaniel.

This breed does not need a lot of grooming but the feathering will need regular combing, brushing and trimming. The ears should be trimmed regularly to prevent infections.

The Welsh Springer has been bred for health as well as working ability and, as such, is relatively free of hereditary problems. Entropion, crpytochidism, allergies, epilepsy and infertility in the males after the age of 3 or 4 have however all been reported in a lesser form.

It is believed that the Welsh Springer has existed as a breed since the 1600's. They were found mainly in Wales and the west of England, being used for shepherding and cattle droving. It is possible that crosses of the Welsh Sheepdog and the Corgi were conducted.

After centuries, the breed became known in the east of England and Scotland where they were used as gundogs and for breeding. Their versatile abilities and hunting instincts made them prime candidates for worldwide ownership and by the 19th and 20th centuries were exported abroad to countries including America, India and Australia.

Before acceptance into the British Kennel Club in 1902 the breed was known as Welsh Cockers.

This ancient hunting breed traces back as far as 7000 B.C.The Welsh Springer Spaniel was named for his “springing” action upon discovering game when hunting.

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