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Welsh Springer Spaniel

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Welsh Springer Spaniel AKC Group: Sporting
Height: Male: 17 - 19 inches, Female: 16 - 18 inches
Weight: Male: 40 - 45 pounds, Female: 35 - 45 pounds
Colors: Rich red and white
AKC recognized in: 1914

A full-fledged member of the Spaniel family, the Welsh Springer Spaniel has had many names, including the Welsh Cocker Spaniel, the Welsh Springer, the Welsh Spaniel, and also, briefly, the Cocker Spaniel. After acceptance into the Kennel Club (UK) in 1902, it finally took on the current name of Welsh Springer Spaniel.

It is very similar in appearance to both the old Land Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel. A Welsh Springer type of dog, the Land Spaniel rose to fame during the Renaissance. It was used for hunting and retrieving game up to the 1700's.

At first glance, you will be attracted by the Cocker Spaniel's silky red and white coat. This coat is soft to the touch and flat in texture. Medium in length, the hair is either straight or semi-wavy. It becomes feathery along the chest, underside, and back of the legs.

You will also see a dog with a solid build and a compact size. Its forequarters and hind quarters are well-developed. Slight off-square, its length is a bit greater than its height along the withers. It has a body bred for work, and it will show stamina and endurance in any hunt.

Temperament

Welsh Springer Spaniel Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

With its excellent nose and webbed dog feet, think of it as versatile. It can easily adapt to the role of hunter and retriever as well as water dog. As a hunting and sporting dog, it is in the nature of this Spaniel to be curious and inquisitive. Active and energetic as it is, it possesses an even disposition ideal for families with children.

As companion dogs, Welsh Springer Spaniels are simply cute and lovable! Loyal and devoted to their owners, they become attached to their family members. They prefer to be with people and live within their homes.

While they'll be affectionate with you and family, they'll be wary of strangers, and careful around guests. If you want to get rid of their stubborn streak, make sure to train them early in obedience and socialization.

Health and Exercise

The Welsh Springer Spaniel has a life span of between 12 and 15 years.

While the Welsh Springer Spaniel is generally a healthy dog, they are susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Epilepsy - This seizure disorder, while not curable, is treatable using medication.
  • Entropion - This condition is caused when the lower eylid folds inward, causing irritation of the eye. Surgery can successfully correct this.

Here's an athletic dog which needs its daily dose of exercise. It can be as energizing as a brisk walk on a leash or a long run in an enclosed yard. Spare the activity and you'll end up with behavioral issues in a pet that's bored, fat, and lazy.

To keep your Welsh Springer Spaniel's coat smooth and silky, make it a habit to brush it at least once a week, and more during shedding season. This will maintain its condition and keep your dog comfortable in either hot or cold weather.

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