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Welsh Springer Spaniel

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Welsh Springer Spaniel

General
OtherNames Welsh Springer, Welshie
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification The Welsh Springer Spaniel belongs to the gundog group and is used for working, as a companion and seen in the show-ring.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
< £4
Feeding Requirements
The cost of feeding the Welsh Springer will not be more than £4 per week.
Other Expenses
A puppy will cost up to £400.
Average Puppy Price
£300-500
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
7
General Physical Description
Compact, symmetrical dogs, Welshies are built for endurance and hard work. They are quick, active movers, covering the ground with smooth, powerful strides. They have glossy, silky, flat coats with feathering on their extremities.
Height Min Max
Bitch 46cm 46cm
Dog 48cm 48cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 16kg 18kg
Dog 18kg 20kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range Welsh Springer bitches measure around 46cms at the withers, weighing between 16 to 18kgs. Dogs will measure around 48cms, weighing between 18 to 20kgs.
Ailments It is believed that the Welsh Springer has existed as a breed since the 1600's. They were found mainly in Wales and the west of England, being used for shepherding and cattle droving. It is possible that crosses of the Welsh Sheepdog and the Corgi were conducted. After centuries, the breed became known in the east of England and Scotland where they were used as gundogs and for breeding. Their versatile abilities and hunting instincts made them prime candidates for worldwide ownership and by the 19th and 20th centuries were exported abroad to countries including America, India and Australia. Before acceptance into the British Kennel Club in 1902 the breed was known as Welsh Cockers.
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History It is believed that the Welsh Springer has existed as a breed since the 1600's. They were found mainly in Wales and the west of England, being used for shepherding and cattle droving. It is possible that crosses of the Welsh Sheepdog and the Corgi were conducted. After centuries, the breed became known in the east of England and Scotland where they were used as gundogs and for breeding. Their versatile abilities and hunting instincts made them prime candidates for worldwide ownership and by the 19th and 20th centuries were exported abroad to countries including America, India and Australia. Before acceptance into the British Kennel Club in 1902 the breed was known as Welsh Cockers.
Intelligence Highly intelligent dogs who are easily trained, the Welsh Springers are superb obedience dogs and working gundogs. They are honest dogs with true wills to please and because of their kind dispositions do not like harsh treatment.
Show Characteristics They have well-chiselled heads with a clearly defined stop. Their eyes are medium-sized, dark or hazel in colour. The ears should be set moderately low and are comparatively small. The jaws are strong with a complete scissor bite. Their neck is long and muscular set into sloping shoulders. The body should be strong and muscular but not long. The forelegs should be straight and well-boned; the hindlegs straight and muscular with deep second thighs. The feet are round, firm and cat-like with thick pads. The tail should be customarily docked well-set on and never carried above the level of the back.
Country Of Origin Wales
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Characteristics
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Energy High
Overall Exercise 100 - 120 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Low
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark High
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals High
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament Welshies have all the soft-eyed faithfulness of the other spaniels and are totally devoted to their families. They are high-spirited, good-natured companions. They are people-orientated dogs but can be a bit reserved with strangers. However, they will never show any aggression. They mix well with children and other household pets. They are family dogs and need company.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Medium
Grooming Requirement < Once a week
Trimming Occassional
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming This breed does not need a lot of grooming but the feathering will need regular combing, brushing and trimming. The ears should be trimmed regularly to prevent infections.
Colour Rich red and white is the only colour combination to be seen in the Welsh Springer Spaniel.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies True
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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