The Spaniel Welsh Springer
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Welsh Springer Spaniel – A Hunting Dog
he history of the Welsh Springer Spaniel, often referred to as the Welsh Springer, is, like most dog breeds, clouded in mystery and speculation. It is believed that a white hunting dog with red markings was brought to Wales by the Gauls, in pre-Roman days, as long ago as 250 BCE. This dog, it is thought, was the ancestor of the Brittany Spaniel and the Welsh Springer Spaniel. Wales being isolated from the rest of Britain, was therefore well suited for the breed to develop on its own as a distinct breed. A red and white Spaniel appeared in several 16th century British oil paintings. Experts believe, because of the color, conformation and carriage that these were pictures of the modern Welsh Springer. In Wales, it was, and still is referred to as the “starter”, and highly favored as a sporting dog.
In the rest of Britain, little was known of this breed until near the end of the 18th century when the breed was shown along with the English Springer Spaniel. The Welsh Springer made a name for itself in 1899, when it won the class for working Spaniels at the Birmingham show. Its owner and promoter, a Mr. A.T. Williams, repeated the winning ways for the following two years when his Welsh won the trials sponsored by the Sporting Spaniel Society. The Kennel Club (England) officially gave recognition to the Welsh Springer Spaniel, in 1902. Up to that time it had been known as the Welsh Cocker. The Welsh Springer Spaniel gained renown in America in the late 1800s and recognition by the AKC in 1906. The breed however, may have become extinct in the US as there were no registrations with the AKC between 1926 and 1948. This situation changed with the importation of 11 dogs in 1949. Thereafter its popularity grew and the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club was created in 1961.
This is a medium size dog, originally used as a hunting dog with powerful ground covering action and great stamina. The breed has not lost its hunting instincts and still makes an excellent gun dog, an excellent bird dog and good hiking companion. Today, it has gained renown as a family pet, with its good-natured disposition, love of children and bonding to the whole family. A Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy is rambunctious and full of energy, needing early socialization. They thrive on human companionship, and don’t like to be left alone all day. The breed needs brushing and combing about three times a week to controls its average shedding. This is, generally speaking, a healthy breed, but can suffer from hip dysplasia. Therefore choose breeders who test their breeding stock, OFA and CERF. Choosing a Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy is a great choice for the right family.
Male: 18 – 19 in. (45.7 – 48.3 cm)
Female: 17 – 18 in. (43.2 – 45.7 cm)
Weight: 35 – 45 lbs. (15.9 – 20.5 kg)
With other pets: Very good
With strangers: Can be reserved
Trainability: Quite trainable
Watchdog: Very good
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years