Characteristics of Welsh Springer Spaniel
|Country of origin||Great Britain|
|Age||12–15 years old|
|FCI breed group||Retrievers, spaniels and water dogs|
- Cheerful and kind;
- Very attached to their family;
- Active and hardy.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a hunting breed. It is quite often confused with the English Springer , however, there are differences between these breeds: the Welsh Springer is smaller and has a lighter body structure than its relative from England.
Representatives of this breed strive to please their owner, so they are quite amenable to training. Like all spaniels, they are full of enthusiasm and energy, as well as quite impulsive and self-willed. This breed is less sociable than the English Springer and more independent.
Welsh Springer Spaniels love children, their family and friends, and they are reserved when it comes to strangers. With improper socialization , this reserve can develop into fearfulness, so from an early age the dog must be introduced to various people, animals, sounds and places. Welshies get along quite well with other dogs and cats, but small domestic animals such as birds and rodents can be difficult because they can be perceived by the dog as prey.
Since the Welsh Springer is a hunting breed, it needs serious physical activity. The huge supply of energy and endurance that this breed is endowed with gives it the ability to work for hours under any conditions. However, it is not necessary to engage in hunting with a dog. The Welsh Springer is also great for other active activities, such as obedience , agility and flyball . It can be a great companion for morning runs.
Since Welshies are very playful dogs, they make great friends for active children (and adults) who love to play and are not afraid to get dirty or wet.
Welsh Springer Spaniels love to be in the know. They can look out the window for a long time and notify the owner if someone is coming, and barking for acquaintances and friends will be cheerful, unlike outsiders – spaniels have a sharp bark for them.
Dogs of this breed have a very developed hunting instinct, so they should only be walked on a leash. For the same reason , training is required for the Welsh Springer Spaniel , which should begin at an early age. These are gentle dogs by nature, so harsh training methods will not suit them.
In general, Welsh Springers are in good health, but, like all breeds, they have a predisposition to certain diseases. These include hip and elbow dysplasia , hereditary blood and eye diseases.
The Welsh coat is quite soft, prone to tangles, so it needs to be brushed several times a week. Wash your dog only when necessary. You also need to monitor the condition of the ears, since hanging ears are more susceptible to various infections.
Conditions of detention
With proper physical activity, Welsh Springer Spaniels can live perfectly both in a country house and in a city apartment. Lack of exercise can make your dog nervous. Also, Welsh can suffer from loneliness, so you should not leave them alone for a long time.