Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an energetic and fun dog with a great personality. Pets of this breed are very loyal to the owner and his family. They are very friendly and sociable. They get along well with other animals. The exception is birds, to which the dog may react as to the game.

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Breed Information
Another Name
Welsh Springer, Welsh Starter
Origin
UK
Height
Males 46-48 cm
Females 43-45 cm
Weight
16-25 kg
Fur
Long
Colors
Bright red with white
Lifespan
12-15 years
ICF Classification
Retrievers, spaniels and water dogs
Group
Hunting dogs, dogs for kids, dogs for apartments
Price
$1200-1400

Breed photos

Features of the breed

Intellect
8/10
Energy
9/10
Health
7/10
Guarding
4/10
Love for Kids
9/10
Care
8/10
Easy nutrition
9/10
Training needs
9/10
Tendency to be trained
9/10
Molting
8/10
Communication
9/10
Anger
4/10

History of Origin

It is believed that the breed is descended from the Welsh Spaniel and belongs to the land dog group. In the 18th century, Welsh Springers were the most popular hunting dogs in British aristocratic circles. In the following century, the English Springer took over. Later, the Welsh breed regained the lead.

In 1902, the Welsh Springer Spaniel was officially recognized by the British Kennel Club. During World War I, the Springer population suffered greatly. In the 1920s, amateurs began to restore the breed actively. The dog was recognized by the International Canine Organization in 1954.

Appearance: height, weight, fur, color

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a sturdy, well-proportioned, medium-sized dog. The pet’s back is muscular, and the loin is convex. The chest is deep, and the ribs are curved. The neck is long, dry. The head is in proportion to the body; the forehead is convex. The muzzle is straight and square. The eyes are dark brown, small. The ears are long, floppy, tight to the cheekbones.

The spaniel’s limbs are straight, strong, and muscular. The tail of the dog is kept low. On it grows thick straight hair. The hair is long, elastic, and silky. Curly hair is considered a great disadvantage. The color is bright red with white.

The Character

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an energetic and fun dog with a great personality. Pets of this breed are very loyal to the owner and his family. They are very friendly and sociable. They get along well with other animals. The exception is birds, to which the dog may react as to the game. Springers are especially kind to children. They consider them their friends and love to play with them. To strangers, four-footed dogs are indifferent or wary but do not show any particular aggression. In principle, they can be used as guard dogs.

Care

Keeping a spaniel in an apartment is not a good idea. It is an agile and energetic dog that requires a lot of physical activity. The best place for the dog will be in a country house with a large area. In any case, the dog must be engaged, a lot of walks in the fresh air.

The Welsh Springer’s coat is long, so it requires some grooming. Comb it with a special brush at least twice a week. Bathe your dog only when necessary. Do not forget to inspect and clean his floppy ears to prevent infections.

Training

In general, the Welsh Springer Spaniel lends itself well to training. It is an obedient and loyal dog, for which early socialization is important. Sometimes the pet may become stubborn. In such cases, show patience and restraint, and reconsider training methods. Yelling and punishing the dog by force is not recommended. He will become even more withdrawn and frightened. Training should be fun and varied. You can choose a playful format so that it is easier for your dog to learn commands. Welsh Springers love hunting; alternatives would also be sports such as obedience, agility, flyball.

Common diseases

The Welsh Springer Spaniel owns a relatively healthy solid. Has no hereditary diseases, although prone to some ailments such as:

  • hip dysplasia;
  • von Willebrand’s disease;
  • entropion;
  • epilepsy;
  • eye and ear infections.

At least once a year, take your dog to the vet and get his vaccinations. Clean your dog’s eyes daily and ears three times a week to avoid infections.

Nutrition

The agile spaniel requires a balanced diet. Both super-premium dry food and natural food are suitable. If you choose the second option, carefully monitor the diet of the pet. Its basis should be lean raw meat, preferably beef. Vegetables and dairy products will also do. Sometimes give your dog fish, but be careful with porridge not to disrupt the intestinal microflora. Never feed sweet, salty, smoked, fatty meat, or chicken bones to your dog.