WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a member of the spaniel family, originally from Wales. This breed was especially popular among rich Englishmen, because of their hunting qualities. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is suitable for any type of hunting. The Welsh Springer Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906.
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 35-55 pounds Lifespan: 12-15 years
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a small yet muscular, dense and hardy dog. Welsh Springer Spaniel is often confused with English Spaniel, so this breed is difficult to find outside the UK. Welsh Springers were transported to America in the late 19th century and were recognized by the American Kennel Club. Comparable Breed: English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel.
This dog is very playful and active. Welsh Springer Spaniels are very friendly and communicate well with children and other pets. They may approach strangers with caution but will never behave aggressively nor timidly. Welsh Springer Spaniel is independent, but he likes to be in the company of people which makes him a wonderful companion.
Coat / Care:
The coat of this breed is straight and silky, protecting the dog from inclement weather and prickly plants. The back of the legs, ears, tail, chest and abdomen are decorated with light setter-like feathering. The Welsh Springer come in white and red coat, and he sheds moderately. The maintenance of Springers involves regular cleaning with a stiff brush. Special care is required during shedding season. Bathe your pet if needed. Make sure to regularly check and clean the dog’s ears.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hip Dysplasia, Entropion, Epilepsy and Bloating. The Welsh Springer Spaniel has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Weight / Height
The male Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed’s height is around 18 – 19 inches and weighs around 40 and 55 pounds. Female Welsh Springer Spaniel dogs can reach a size from 17 – 18 inches and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds.
The Welsh Springer is eager to learn, but can sometimes be too stubborn and willful. They require early and intense socialization and obedience training. These dogs are designed for hunting, so it is necessary to properly develop their hunting skills in order to prevent possible vagrancy. Education needs to be rigorous, though fair and consistent.
The Welsh Springer is very energetic, active and cheerful dog. He loves running around without a leash in big open space. Welsh Springers love hunting and enjoy swimming. If not adequately trained, these dogs can become obese.
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