Welsh Springer Spaniel
The Welsh Springer Spaniel can be traced back with certainty to the eighteenth century, although the term “spaniel” first appeared in the 1300s. Bred to hunt game in heavy undergrowth and flush it out or “spring” it for the gun, this is where the term “springer” originated.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a strong, merry and active dog. Slightly smaller than the English they are easily recognised by their rich red and white coat.
Early training is essential, but this must not be too heavy handed or they will switch off, equally if it is too soft they will do what they want. Kind but firm is what is required. Remember this dog was bred to hunt, control is important or they will follow their nose.
A devoted family member he wants to be with his family all the time if he can, hence the term ‘velcro dogs’ which is often used to describe them. Early training to be left for short periods is a must to prevent problems later.
Exercise is essential daily, preferably twice a day for at least 30 minutes, this should include free running.
You could not ask for a more loving or devoted companion.
A very small percentage of Welsh Springer Spaniels can be affected with hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia, fitting, or glaucoma. The breed has a Joint Health Group which monitors conditions and publishes information. The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club’s Yearbook contains information on these conditions, also the Newsletters for the various clubs. The clubs websites also have sections detailing health information.