Breed Family: Spaniel
Country of Origin: Wales
Size: Medium, height 43-48cm, weight 16-20kg
Also Known as: Welsh Springer, Welsh Cocker Spaniel, Welsh Starter
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Care Requirements: Medium
Exercise Requirements: High
General information and Appearance
Welsh Springer Spaniels are medium-sized dogs with compact bodies and hard-working dispositions. Their legs are not very long which gives their bodies an elongated appearance. They are muscular and strong. Welsh Springer Spaniels have round heads and a square muzzles, dark eyes and long ears.
Because these dogs are successful hunting dogs, their tails are often docked. However, legislation in Australia has reduced that practice. Dogs of this breed have beautiful red and white coats. While the patterns may vary, the colours do not.
Welsh Springers have slightly webbed feet and an acute sense of smell, making them ideal hunting companions as well as retrievers. These hunting dogs are also hardy and have great endurance. They can travel long distances over difficult terrain and weather without growing tired when focused on the hunt.
Welsh Springer Spaniels are active and alert dogs. They require plenty of exercise or they will tend to act up if not given sufficient time to run around out of doors. Training these dogs is not difficult as long as it begins early. This breed is quick to learn and eager to please, although they can, at times, be stubborn.
Welsh Springers make great additions to any family. Loving and affectionate, this breed is also great with children. These dogs can be protective of their families, but generally warm up to strangers quickly.
This dog breed can be kept as a hunting companion or as a member of the family. They will probably try to hunt small animals in the area but will be friendly with family pets. Welsh Springer Spaniels are very attached to the family and should be kept as a member of the family. It is possible for these dogs to develop separation anxiety from their owners.
While most Welsh Springers are not frequently plagued with health problems, some of the dogs do suffer from common ailments including his dysplasia, glaucoma and ear infections.
Hip dysplasia is common in Welsh Springer Spaniels so a history of bloodline will help determine if the dog will have hip problems later in life. Additionally, because this breed has long ears, ear infection can be common. Grooming around the ears can help reduce risk of infection.
Entropion is an ailment that sometimes affects Welsh Springer Spaniels. Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid turns in on the eye, or eyes, of the dog. This causes irritation on the eye from the turned in eyelashes. Depending on the severity, entropion can require surgery to correct the problem.
Most breeders in Australia are very attentive to the health issues prominent in bloodlines. Ask the breeder for any information about disease in the bloodline as most of these breeders work to combat against the spread of breed-specific illnesses.
Grooming and Care
Welsh Springer Spaniels have a beautiful coat that does require maintenance. The dense coat is made of straight, silky medium-length hair. The coat should be brushed on a regular basis with a bristle brush. When the dog sheds, extra brushing is required. Bathing habits for these types of dog are typical, as well as the necessity for clipping between the paws and grooming the ears and nails.
Suitability as Pet In Australia
Welsh Springer Spaniels are well suited for life as a family dog, or as a hunting companion. Numerous breeders in Australia make this dog relatively easy to locate and add to your home. Welsh Springers are very high energy. They can do well in homes with children, even young children, but potential owners should be prepare for the ball of energy and life they bring in to any home.
Because this breed requires a lot of exercise, it is not best to keep them in an apartment or flat. These dogs will do well in a home where they are taken for long walks, and have room and freedom to roam about.
Welsh Springer Spaniels tend to be independent at times. Training should begin early and owners must stay vigilant to maintain a well-trained dog. When a loving owner trains a Welsh Springer from an early age, it will be affectionate and well behaved. Dogs of this breed are also instinctive hunters. They can be trained as a great companion to hunting enthusiasts and they tend to be rugged in the outdoors.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Organisations in Australia
Welsh Springer Spaniels Australia
Welsh Springer Spaniel Organisations in the UK
The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club
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