Have you ever seen Welsh Springer Spaniel Puppies sleeping together? If so, you might have wanted to scoop them all up and take them home with you. We admit the Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed is a great choice for some…but like all dog breeds, they’re not right for everyone. Before you dive into a lifelong role as fur-parent to a Welshie, read this.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Fast Facts
Country of Origin: Spain
Original Purpose: Bird flushing and retrieval
Height: 17 to 20 inches at shoulder
Weight: 30 to 60 pounds
Lifespan: 11-16 years
Dog Breed Category: Sporting
Origin of the Welsh Springer Spaniel
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a dog that comes from Spain (get it – Spaniel?). This dog breed shares its beginnings with a lot of other dogs such as Welsh Springers, Cocker Spaniels, and the English Springer Spaniel. You can see a land spaniel in Renaissance art which resembles the Welsh Springer Spaniel, so there is a good chance they share the same bloodline.
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Dogs were originally hunters, they turned into show dogs in the 1800s. That said however, they really didn’t gain all that much attention until the Welsh Springer Spaniel club was established in 1902. This is when the British Kennel Club distinguished the Welsh Springer Spaniel from the English Springer Spaniel. Originally, the name of the dog was the Welsh Cocker, but it later became the Welsh Springer Spaniel. This dog is also recognized by the American Kennel Club.
This dog got its own club in 1961 when the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America was founded.
Physical Characteristics of Welsh Springer Spaniel
This dog has straight and soft coats that are normally white and dark. The dark could be brown or a rich red color. Red and white Welshies are common. The fur on their legs is feathering and a bit wispy. They also have longish, floppy ears that are super cute.
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Mention that their hair on their ears is a bit longer and often slightly wavy. They have a short and stubby tail. These dogs have sort of long muzzles and those very puppy-dog eyes that are so hard to say no to. What we’re trying to say is the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a show dog for a reason – they’re very attractive in a puppy way.
Personality of the Welsh Springer Spaniel
This dog loves his family and is a great companion. He basically lives to people please (which, for some people can actually wind up being quite annoying!). He loves being with people so separation anxiety can be a problem, especially if you’re not home a lot.
If you like a loveable puppy, this one is for you. Like many dogs, he can get hesitant around strangers and could bark when they approach. However, you can train your dog to read your body cues so this is a help more than it is a problem.
This dog definitely needs daily exercise, but still he can live comfortably in an apartment and doesn’t really like to stay outside alone all day. That said, he loves to look at birds and might even chase some if given the chance. That’s just his natural hunting tendency sneaking out.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Health Issues
Just like English Springer Spaniels and other similar dogs, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is predisposed to some inherent issues. However, if bred properly by a respectable breeder you can find a healthy pup. The way to do this is to go with a breeder recommended by AKC or the Welsh Springer Spaniel Kennel Club. This significantly ups your chances of a healthy dog. However, you cannot totally erase the risks of a dog having a congenital disease or acquiring a sickness even with the best breeders. Here are some things your dog might experience:
- Hip Dysplasia (common among many breeds of dogs)
- Epilepsy; can be treated with ongoing medication.
- Ear Infections; those long ears are adorable but also prone to infection
- Entropion; disorder of the eyelid which may or may not require corrective surgery to enhance dog’s quality of life.
Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.
This is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.
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