American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Welsh Springer Spaniel


History

Originating thousands of years ago from the bloodlines of the Cocker Spaniel and English Springer Spaniel, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is an extremely popular breed in the USA today. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an excellent hunting partner, known for withstanding different types of terrain and weather. Best at companionship, retrieving, hunting, tracking and obedience.

Appearance

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium sized dog breed with males and females measuring 16-19 inches in height and weighing 35-45 pounds in weight. This breed has a broad, oblong shaped head that forms into a muzzle almost the same width; two large, long pendant shaped ears that fall gently alongside their face and a large black or brown nose. Their two eyes are oval in shape, medium in size and generally a light hazel to dark brown in color. This breed is built long and low to the ground. Their tail is generally docked and stands two to three inches in height firmly. When not docked, their tail is medium in length, tapers to a sharp point, is carried upwards and is covered in flowing hair. Their coat is a double layer, soft to the touch, wavy in appearance and available in red and white, in all patterns and sometimes with ticking.

Temperament

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an excellent family dog to add to any active family who has other canine family members or children of all ages. This breed is best suited in homes without non-canine pets due to their natural and strong hunting instincts. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a wonderful breed to train if you are interested in a hunting partner or a great family dog. This breed requires daily physical and mental activity in order to remain calm and happy when indoors at nights. This breed does require as much family interaction as possible and wants to be included in family trips and outings. Overall, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is easy going, pleasant, happy and a loving, obedient breed.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Professional grooming required at least twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Welsh Springer Spaniel prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard to roam within while outdoors, or a properly fitting harness and leash at all times. This breed is prone to epilepsy. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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