The Welsh Springer Spaniel is not as well-known as its cousin the English Springer Spaniel but has been in existence for over 300 years. This is an active dog who enjoys being outdoors and keeping fit. The breed was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1902 and is thought to have ancestry with the red and white coated Welsh Hunting Dog. At one point, it was simply known as the Welsh Spaniel. These spritely dogs were active hunters are known to pace themselves to be able to hunt all day long.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel came close to extinction during each World War and only about 350 are currently registered each year. This means they are at real danger of dying out in the near future. Nowadays, they are mostly seen in the showring and as family pets rather than as working dogs.
Unlike other Spaniel breeds, the Welsh Springer Spaniel has only one coat colour combination- red and white. They can reach heights of up to 48cm tall and weigh in up to 23-25kg.
This energetic breed is very loving and affectionate and makes a great family pet. They respond well to training but due to their high energy, can find themselves easily distracted.
The average Welsh Spaniel will live a long and happy life, with the average life expectancy between 12 - 15 years. This is a dog prone to hip dysplasia and it is strongly advised that parents are hip scored before breeding. Health testing breeding dogs is especially important when the breeding pool is so small. They are also prone to a number of health conditions including epilepsy, thyroid issues and eye conditions such as glaucoma and hereditary cataracts.
This breed forms a strong bond with its owner and is eager to please them. They are highly trainable and respond best to positive reinforcement training. While most do well during training sessions, they are easily distracted. Keep their interest by having plenty of high value treats on hand like the Meaty Treats range from Pooch & Mutt.
For healthy adult Welsh Springer Spaniels, we should aim for 2 hours of activity a day to ensure they are not only physically stimulated, but mentally stimulated as well. A mixture of walking, agility training, ‘hunting’ (think hiding toys and treats around your garden), fetch and some off-lead runs in a secure space.
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