Welsh Springer Spaniel

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. 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.


Average lifespan
Welshies live up to 15 years, although some have lived to 17.

Average height & weight
46cm to 48cm
15kg to 25kg

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & 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.

Care requirements
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. Both parents should have a current ‘specialist’ eye certificate.

Decision time

Ideal owners
The ideal owner for a Welsh Springer Spaniel is someone, or a family, who is prepared to share their life with a dog. Welshies delight being out and about with the family

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