Welsh Springer Spaniel
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium sized hunting breed.
They are know for their loving disposition and rich red and white coat.
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Finding a Welsh Springer Spaniel
- Medium, muscular build
- Coat: Medium-length hair, soft to the touch, waterproof
- Feathering on chest, undersides, legs and tail
- Medium-length ears are fringed with hair
- Coloring of red and white with red ticking
- Oval eyes that are dark to medium brown
- Height: 17-19 inches
- Weight: 35-45 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12-15 years
- Active, energetic, outgoing, loyal, affectionate
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; excellent with children. May be timid with strangers, but not unfriendly
- Interaction with animals: Good with other pets if socialized at a young age
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including entropion, cataracts and glaucoma)
- Otitis Externa (ear infections)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Adaptable to different climates
- Needs regular exercise
- Great hunting companion
- Easy to groom
- Average shedder
- Brush regularly with a stiff-bristle brush
- Check ears for signs of infection
- Trim between the toes
- Originally known as the Welsh Cocker
- Nicknamed the "Velcro dog" because of its tendency to follow its family
- Originated in Wales
- Ancestors date back to 7,000 B.C.
- Developed as a hunting dog in Europe
- Tapestries during the Renaissance show dogs similar to the breed
- Was a favorite hunting dog of the noble class during the 1700s
- Breed was brought to the U.S. after World War II