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The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium sized,
compact dog with a beautiful red and white
silky coat. This is an ancient breed likely
to have ancestors that date back to 7000
B.C. The Welsh Springer Spaniel was originally
bred to spring game. They are also very
good retrievers and with slightly webbed
feet - great water dogs. Welsh Springer
Spaniels have a lot of energy, endurance
and a superb sense of smell. In addition,
they are happy to work long days and can
easily maneuver any type of terrain - all
traits which make this breed an excellent
Welsh Springer Spaniels were imported to
the United States in the late 1800s and
were recognized by the American Kennel Club
The average height for a female Welsh Springer
Spaniel when measured at withers is 17 -
18 inches (43 - 46 cm) and 18 - 19 inches
(46 - 48 cm) for a male.
The average weight for female Welsh Springer
Spaniel is 35 - 50 pounds (16 - 23 kg) and
40 - 55 pounds (18 - 25 kg) for a male.
Type: The Welsh Springer
Spaniel's coat is dense with a silky texture
and is either straight or flat. Grooming
of the coat is minimal - regularly brush
and bathe only when necessary. The Welsh
Springer Spaniel's coat is said to be 'self-cleaning'.
The color of the Welsh
Springer Spaniel's coat can be any pattern
of rich red and white.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel has an even temperament
and is merry and affectionate. This is a
loyal breed that makes an excellent family
pet and hunting companion. Welsh Springer
Spaniels are smart and can be stubborn.
Training as well as socialization are important
and should start at a young age. The Welsh
Springer Spaniel's owner needs to be a pack
leader. Welsh Springer Spaniels are active,
playful and athletic and it's important
they are exercised daily. Long walks, free
play or running in a secure area are all
great ways to keep a Welsh Springer Spaniel
physically and mentally fit.
Concerns: Welsh Springer
Spaniels have an average life span of 12
- 15 years and are generally a very healthy
breed. Some health concerns include hip
dysplasia, epilepsy and eye problems.
• The Welsh Springer Spaniel was most
popular in the 1700s and was a favored hunting
dog by the noble class.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Gundogs Group 3
CKC: Sporting Dogs Group 1
FCI: Group 8 Section 2 Flushing Dogs
UKC: Gun Dogs