AKC PuppyFinder: Welsh Springer Spaniel Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Happy, upbeat, family oriented; reserved but not shy with strangers
- Energy Level: Very Active; Curious and highly energetic, Welshies need regular exercise to stave off problem behaviors
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 18-19 inches (male), 17-18 inches (female)
- Weight: 40-55 pounds (male), 35-50 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Don't let that wistful face fool you; the Welsh Springer Spaniel is an upbeat, energetic dog. With his unusual red and white coat and compact, substantial build, he's irresistibly handsome, too. A versatile hunting dog, he also makes a devoted family pet. In fact, he'd rather be wherever you are. Your Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy has a stubborn streak, so start training early. He needs lots of exercise and will delight in all sorts of games and activity that he can do with you.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1914
Breed History & Job Description: According to leading authorities Welshies are the oldest of Britain’s spaniels, descendants of the original spaniels of the Iberian Peninsula (the word spaniel is derived from “Spaniard”). Exactly how these dogs traveled in ancient times from Spain to Wales is one of those canine mysteries that historians chalk up as “lost in the mists of history,” but Welshie-type dogs appear in British art and literature going back some 250 years b.c. Welsh and English Springers emerged as separate breeds in the early 1900s.
Welsh Springer Spaniels are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Welsh Springer Spaniels are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of American Breed Rescue
- Breed Club Rescue Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: -
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.wssca.com/html/wsscaRescue.html