The Welsh Springer Spaniel was first recognised by the UK Kennel Club as a breed in its own right in 1902. However, history shows through art and the written word that a "red and white" Spaniel existed from 1560. In Australia records commence in 1973, although there is anecdotal evidence of the breed being in Australia prior to World War II. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a multi-purpose gundog, primarily flushing out game and retrieving it back to the shooter, either on the land or the water.
Welshies live up to 15 years, although some have lived to 17.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is red and white and does not come in any other colour. It is a busy, active and happy dog, and extremely loyal and loving to its family and it makes a terrific watchdog. Welsh Springer Spaniels may be reserved with strangers, but they should not be timid or shy. Socialisation with pups should begin as soon as possible and continue throughout its life. Training should be fair and consistent, using modern, gentle techniques. It should be kept in a well-fenced yard, as they have been known to wander once they put their nose to the ground. They require daily exercise and stimulation and if left alone in the back yard, may result in excessive barking and destructive behaviour.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Welshies are a fairly good with other dogs and cats, provided the owners are consistent and thoughtful to the hierarchy of the household. However, bear in mind that it is a gundog and will show a "real interest" in birds and rabbits.
Apart from the routine care requirements of all dogs, such as worming, vaccinations and flea treatment, Welshies need their paws trimmed regularly and under the pads. Their ears need to be trimmed around the edge of the ear (leathers), underneath the ears and around the ear canal opening to prevent ear infections and allow air to the area.
Please take note:
Welsh Springer Spaniels can suffer from hereditary problems such as hip dysplasia, eye diseases and epilepsy. Both parents should be X-rayed and hip scored (currently the breed average is 19.5). Both parents should have a current "specialist" eye certificate.
If you have decided that the Welsh Springer Spaniel is the dog for you and you realise that the ears need close attention to keep them free from any dirt, contact one of the groups listed below: