WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL DOG
As pure and hardworking as the old red and white Spaniels that accompanied hunters centuries ago, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is excellent at the field, as water and company
A hunting dog with a practical size, with a rich white and red color, made for hard and resistant work, with a smooth, short and simple coat, with some bristles at the limbs, and thickness to protect it from vegetation and weather. The hair is not too long to interfere in its hunting work.
It is between 46 and 48 cm, the female 2.5 cm less. The head, well proportionate with the body, the skull medium length and slightly vaulted, with a defined stop. The eyes not prominent or sunken and from hazelnut to dark colored (yellowish or light eyes are undesirable); the ears are proportionally small and fig leaf shaped, dropped, well flat on the cheeks; the muzzle is straight, quite square; the nose black or brown (not pink). The neck is long and slightly arched, without dewlap; the body should not be long, but strong and muscular; the upper outline straight; slightly arched kidneys; compact; well developed chest; the tail docked in Great Britain and the US. Medium lenghthed and straight forearms; good boned fore and hindquarters, not coarse; muscular legs, moderate angled; round and tight feet, well arched. The coat is soft to the touch, never rough or curly. Color: dark red and white; the pattern can vary, with or without mottling in the white areas.
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
An all terrain dog, the Welsh Springer Spaniel has no bad angle! There is so little tail here to express so much feeling.
What the Welsh Springer lacks in specimen numbers, it has in skill and personality. This Spaniel offers the loyalty of the soft eyes in the most popular Spaniel breeds, in a not too exaggerated wrapping. It learns quickly and is constant. It is a reserved animal that doesn’t show its feelings, but its devotion has no end. As a hunting dog, for its resistance and agility in tough terrain, it is recommendable for the true athlete. Exercise is absolutely necessary.
The Welsh Springer weighs from 225 to 340 at birth. The puppy is born white with pale tan or red spots. The nose is pink but should darken after a few days. The color and pigmentation still gains intensity until the sixth month. The Welsh Springer Spaniel reaches its maximum height around the year, but could need another year to reach maturity. It is a very affectionate and people loving breed. Good temperament is the rule. An energy boost stands out during adolescence, a lot of exercise need and obedience education. Fur change happens with no complications, if helped by daily brushing. In essence it is an easy to care for dog without too many special requirements during the growth period, or after.
For a devoted family dog with a sweet expression and tremendous loyalty, you have hit the ideal Welsh. The Welsh Springer Spaniel puppies are even overly friendly.
During centuries the Welsh Springer Spaniel has been bred selectively for health and functionality. As a result, along with its natural and non exaggerated morphology, the breed is quite free of hereditary problems.
Brittany, Smittany…think Welsh!
Hair care is minimal, although special attention should be paid to ears, keeping them clean and free of excess hair. The considerable stripes require brushing and combing regularly to avoid knotting. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an excellent partner, but needs time outdoors, and enjoys plenty of exercise, entertainment and hunting. Besides regular problems affecting most breeds, such as entropion, chriptorchidism, allergies, etc., epilepsy is reported in the breed. A breeder concern is infertility in males after three or four years. However, for the normal owner, this is not important, since it doesn’t present a health problem. The Welsh Springer Spaniel lives more than ten years.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel has all the charm and less problems than its popular athletic competitors.