Welsh Springer Spaniel

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:England
AKC Group:Sporting Group
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Use today:Gun dog, bird dog
Life Span:12 to 14 years.
Color:White with red markings.
Coat:Straight, flat, soft coat with feathering.
Grooming:Brush weekly. Trim as needed.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:17 to 19 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportiante to height

The Welsh Springer is a hard worker and devoted companion, willing to go all day whether in the field or just out having a good time with its people. It is thought that the Welsh Springer descends from red and white dogs that were brought into Wales by the Gauls in pre-Roman times. Isolated from the rest of Britain, these spaniels bred pure for centuries. Called the Starter, the breed was seldom seen outside Wales until the latter part of the 19th century. By that time improved transportation had made it possible for the dogs to be taken to compete in field trials and conformation shows, which were gaining in popularity. Under the breed name Welsh Cocker, the dogs enjoyed success, and did equally well after 1902 when they competed under the present name, Welsh Springer Spaniel. Active and workmanlike, the breed measures 18 to 19 inches at the shoulder and weighs 35 to 45 pounds The red-and-white coat is straight, thick and silky, with moderate feathering on ears, chest, legs and underbody. It's weather resistant and self-cleaning, needing only a good brushing about three times a week to maintain. This breed is an excellent family pet suited to most accommodations. The Welshie makes a good watchdog, is gentle with children and other pets, and needs lots of outdoor exercise.

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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Eve Adamson

When it comes to sporting dogs, the Welsh Springer Spaniel isn't usually the first that comes to mind. English Springer Spaniels, Brittanys, and Cocker Spaniels are far more common. Yet, the Welshie's size, proportions, and coat type make it an Every Dog of formidable versatility. Game for anything, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is so biddable that it is easy to train for a wide range of canine sports, making it the perfect versatile dog for active owners.

The nice thing about Welsh Springer Spaniels is that they are so trainable but without the high intensity or energy of some of the other dogs traditionally labeled trainable, "which makes it easy for an amateur to do well and have a lot of fun doing just about anything, whether showing their Welsh Springer Spaniel in the conformation ring, doing agility, tracking, field trials, therapy, or anything else you can think of,” says Mary Mandich, member  of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club, whose Welshies not only compete in agility, obedience, tracking, and field trials, but also pose as models for greeting cards and books.

"I would call them a 100-watt dog instead of a 200-watt dog,’’ Mandich says. "Welsh Springer Spaniels learn really quickly but aren't so clever and independent that they have to have a professional trainer to keep ahead of them.’’

The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America actively sponsors events in conformation, obedience, agility, hunting, and tracking, demonstrating the Welshie's broad range of abilities.

Welshies also excel as therapy dogs and human companions.

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