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Welsh Springer Spaniel


General Information - Welsh Springer Spaniel


Group:
Gundog

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
Medium

Grooming:
Medium

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
High

Protection Ability:
Low

Area of Origin:
Wales

Date of Origin:
1600s Other

Names:
None Original

Function:
Bird flushing and retrieving



History

The Welsh Springer Spaniel dates to the 1600s in Wales. The 'Springer' Spaniel is so named because of their hunting style which is to spring hidden game. In Wales they are often referred to as starters. It can hunt tirelessly for hours over difficult terrain and is resistant to poor weather as well as being unafraid to jump into very cold water. In Wales it is still frequently used as herder and drover.

Temperament

Happy willing and independent, Welsh Springer Spaniels are outdoor dogs and love to run, hunt, swim and chase. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is equipped for both hot and cold weather. Welsh Springer Spaniels make excellent family dogs and get along well with children.

Upkeep

The Welsh needs daily exercise, which can be met with long walks on leash combined with strenuous games in the yard. It especially likes jaunts a field and makes a good hiking companion. It can live outdoors in temperate climates if given warm shelter, but it does better living inside with its family. The coat needs brushing once or twice weekly and also needs occasional scissoring to neaten stragglers.