|Group:||Gundogs (Group 3)|
|Club:||Victorian Gundog Club Inc (Group 3)|
|Contact:||Miss Leanne Tormey|
The Welsh Springer Spaniel, one of the oldest gundog breeds, was developed in Wales, probably in the 13th century, for use as a hunting dog. It is a relatively rare breed of spaniel, named for their manner of flushing out wild game by springing, startling game from its hiding place.
Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 12 to 14 years.
Welsh Springer Spaniels have a kindly disposition, are highly affectionate and merry in nature and make excellent family companions. They are very energetic and must stay active to be happy. They may be wary of strangers, but should not be timid.
General Breed Description
Welsh Springer Spaniels are strong and very active, always on the move. They are compact in body, not leggy, built for endurance and hard work. They are quick, active movers, high-spirited, with a keen sense of smell. They compete in various dog sports, including Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking and Scent Work.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a rich red and white in colour.
Coat and Care Requirements
Grooming for a Welshie is not difficult, although they do have a moderately long coat that needs to be brushed and combed once or twice a week to avoid mats and tangles. They should be bathed as necessary. Their ears require regular cleaning as they can be prone to ear infections.
Height: Males 48cms (19ins), Females 46cms (18ins).
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD) Elbow Dysplasia, congenital eye problems including Hereditary Cataracts and Goniodysgenesis leading to Glaucoma. Other health issues may include Epilepsy and Thyroid disease, but both of these are relatively rare in Australia.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is best suited in a loving home with an active family, as he does require regular exercise. They are an intelligent dog and have a strong desire to please their owners, but at times can be slightly stubborn. It is important to start training early to achieve the best success with these dogs. They can also be a little wary of strangers, so it is important to ensure good temperament in the parents. Socialisation of puppies when they are young is also of utmost importance.
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.
Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.
Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.
Link to ANKC Breed Standard: http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/125