Welsh Springer Spaniel: Dog Breed Description

The Welsh Springer Spaniel, as its name suggests, was bred in Wales. This breed gained particular popularity among the rich Englishmen, because they highly appreciated his hunting qualities. Welsh Springer is suitable for any type of hunting, feeling great both on land and in the water. This spaniel got the second part of its name springer – “jumper” because of its hunting style. Noticing the game, he jumps up and thus frightens it off for his master.


Welsh Springer Spaniel is a small muscular dog, sturdy and very hardy. The Welsh Springer is often confused with its “cousin” the English Spaniel, which makes it difficult to find a true Welsh outside of the UK.


This dog is very playful and active. Welsh Springer Spaniel dogs are very friendly and communicate well with children and other pets. They may be wary of strangers, but they will not be aggressive or overly timid. “Welsh” are quite independent, but they like to be in the company of people and do not tolerate loneliness and inattention. These are companion dogs.

Wool and care

The coat of this breed is straight and silky, it protects the dog from bad weather and thorny plants. On the ears, tail, chest, belly and back of the legs, the Welsh Springer Spaniel’s coat is thicker and longer than on other parts of the body. The color of the Welsh Springer is white and red, while the pattern of this color is very diverse and, practically, individual. The “Welsh” shedding is moderate. Welsh Springer Spaniel wool requires regular brushing with a stiff bristled brush, special care is required during shedding. Bathing should be done as needed. The dog’s ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy and volvulus.


Welsh Springer Spaniel dogs strive for learning, but sometimes they can be overly stubborn and headstrong. They require early socialization and basic obedience skills. These dogs are made for hunting, therefore it is necessary to develop their hunting skills to prevent possible vagrancy. Training must be rigorous, fair and consistent.


Welsh Springer Spaniel is a very energetic, active and cheerful dog. She loves to run off a leash and loves large open spaces. However, the Welsh Springerfeels great in an apartment if there is enough space in it: in enclosed spaces it is as playful as in open spaces. The Welsh loves to hunt, track, fetch and swim. If not properly trained or not trained at all, the dog will become lazy and overweight and suffer from boredom.

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