Often confused with the English Springer Spaniel, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is truly a breed of its own. The telltale red and white coat is striking and when it comes to spunk and personality, this breed is second to none.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a spectacular athlete that can be happy flushing birds in the fields or playing Frisbee in the yard. Great with kids, this dog will spend hours keeping the family active and fit.
The coat is silky, naturally straight and flat to the touch rather than wiry or wavy. The downward-drooping ears are smaller and the body longer than those of the English springer spaniel.
The eyes are medium to dark brown. The ears and tail are lightly feathered, while the legs, chest, and underside are feathered more heavily.
During the 1700s and 1800s, the Welsh Springer Spaniel was not popular with English sportsmen however; he was preferred in the South of Wales.
The Welsh springer spaniel is not aggressive, but he is alert and watchful. Count on him to announce to his family the presence of any strangers.
These dogs are bred to hunt and need considerable exercise. However, off-leash exercising should take place within a confined area, because Welsh springer spaniels have a tendency to wander.
Training can help bring out a Welsh springer spaniel's many talents, which include hunting, retrieving and tracking.
On the average, Welsh Springer Spaniels weigh between 35 and 55 pounds and stand between 17 and 19 inches tall at the withers.
Welsh Springer Spaniels are athletes and they have loads of energy. They crave running, playing and working. It is essential that they are jogged daily or have an open but fenced in area for playtime.
The coat of a Welsh Springer Spaniel is rather soft, straight and lies flat against the body. The double coat is weatherproof; this keeps the dog safe from the elements while in the field. There should be feathering on the legs, chest, undercarriage, ears and tail. Deep and rich, the coat is red and white.
Both Welsh springer and English springer spaniels hunt game by flushing out their quarry, that is, "springing" on it from its hiding place. The dogs then fetch the downed game and bring it back to the hunter.
The Welsh springer is a relatively rare breed of spaniel. According to the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America, only about 300 puppies, or six per state, are registered with the American Kennel Club each year.