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.
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
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:
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