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Welsh Springer Spaniel

WelshSpringerSpaniel

Loyal and Obedient

Independent, Loves to hunt, Sporting Group

Welsh Springer Spaniels are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Welsh Springer Spaniels, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Welsh Springer Spaniel and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:Male: 18-19"; Female: 17-18" Weight:35–45 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Welsh Springer Spaniels have high exercise requirements, and should be in a fenced enclosure if exercised off leash. They are a social dog, not meant for long-term kennel life.

Grooming: Brush coat at least weekly.

Dental: Welsh Springer Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Sensitive and intelligent, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a quick learner and a hard worker. They may resort to digging or endless barking when bored, but give them a job to do, and they are happy to end the day inside soaking up affection from their family.

Positive Traits:

Good watchdog with a loud bark

Energetic, active, and athletic

Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

Even temper and gentle disposition

Loyal and Obedient

Negative Traits:

Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

Must be properly socialized with humans and other animals

Can seem stubborn

Needs frequent attention from her family



Whether you are considering adding a new Welsh Springer Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Welsh Springer Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Welsh Springer Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Welsh Springer Spaniel could encounter:

Epilepsy

Eye Problems

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Heart Disease

Developed in the 1600's before the invention of hunting guns, Welsh Springer Spaniels were bred to spring game toward a capture net. Springers are versatile hunters, water dogs, and retrievers. They excel at scent tracking and can be used to drive cattle and sheep. They are very active and friendly with family, but can be aloof with strangers. They have moderate grooming needs and tend to be low shedders. Welsh Spring Spaniels have an average life span of 12-14 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Welsh Springer Spaniel shows signs of the following:

Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

Cloudiness to eye lens

Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

Tiring easily, coughing, a swollen belly or fainting/collapse

Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

Dry, flaky or greasy, oily skin

Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

Straining to defecate, bleeding, licking of the area around the rectum, or smelly discharge

General reluctance to run or play

Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

  • Care

    Routine Care: Welsh Springer Spaniels have high exercise requirements, and should be in a fenced enclosure if exercised off leash. They are a social dog, not meant for long-term kennel life.

    Grooming: Brush coat at least weekly.

    Dental: Welsh Springer Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Sensitive and intelligent, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a quick learner and a hard worker. They may resort to digging or endless barking when bored, but give them a job to do, and they are happy to end the day inside soaking up affection from their family.

    Positive Traits:

    Good watchdog with a loud bark

    Energetic, active, and athletic

    Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

    Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

    Even temper and gentle disposition

    Loyal and Obedient

    Negative Traits:

    Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

    Must be properly socialized with humans and other animals

    Can seem stubborn

    Needs frequent attention from her family



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Welsh Springer Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Welsh Springer Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Welsh Springer Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Welsh Springer Spaniel could encounter:

    Epilepsy

    Eye Problems

    Glaucoma

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Heart Disease

  • History

    Developed in the 1600's before the invention of hunting guns, Welsh Springer Spaniels were bred to spring game toward a capture net. Springers are versatile hunters, water dogs, and retrievers. They excel at scent tracking and can be used to drive cattle and sheep. They are very active and friendly with family, but can be aloof with strangers. They have moderate grooming needs and tend to be low shedders. Welsh Spring Spaniels have an average life span of 12-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Welsh Springer Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    Cloudiness to eye lens

    Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    Tiring easily, coughing, a swollen belly or fainting/collapse

    Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    Dry, flaky or greasy, oily skin

    Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

    Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    Straining to defecate, bleeding, licking of the area around the rectum, or smelly discharge

    General reluctance to run or play

    Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse

    New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

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