Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a striking dog with a rich red and white coat and forms part of the gundog group.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Group

Gundog

Size of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

Medium.

Colour Varieties of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

This handsome and energetic gundog is available in just the one colour variety:

  • Red and White

Country of Origin

Wales

Welsh Springer Spaniel’s Uses through History

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an old breed, and depicted in paintings as far back as 1570. It was originally bred to spring or start game out on the hunt. Today it can still be found working, but is more likely to be kept as a loyal and trusted companion pet.

Welsh Springer Spaniel introduction and overview

This handsome breed of gundog is often confused with the Engligh Springer Spaniel. It is instantly distinguishable by its stunning deep red chestnut markings on its silky white coat. The Welsh Springer has featherings on the ears, chest, abdomen, backs of legs and the tail. The straight feathers can grow quite long and thick and vary from dog to dog. The Welsh Springer is a medium sized dog with an enthusiastic, alert and friendly temperament. However, It can be aloof with strangers, and will bark at strangers on their terriority, making it a good guard dog.

Size and weight of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

Height bitch 43-46cms

Height dog 46-48cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 16-20kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 16-20kgs

Exercise requirements of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

High.This industrious and athletic breed requires at least 2 hours of exercise daily off the lead. It is more suited to an active life in the countryside than an urban lifestyle. It is not a dog that likes to be left alone for long periods and may shown sign of unwanted behaviour or separation anxiety if not given the stimulation and attention it needs.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Temperament
 
The Welsh Springer normally makes a good family pet. It adores being around people and tends to be good with children. It’s sociable with other dogs, rarely showing signs of aggression and if socialised from an early age should live quite happily with cats. As with all gundogs, care should be taken around smaller pets around the home.
The Welsh Springer is very intelligent but can be a little stubborn, so training is vital from puppy hood to prevent roaming and running off.
Is the Welsh Springer Spaniel a good dog for a first time dog owner?
Yes. This is a dog ideally suited to an active family lifestyle, but easy to train and a practical size for the family home.
Welsh Springer Spaniel coat length
Medium. The lustrous red and white coat is normally straight and flat with soft silky feathers on the ears, chest, abdomen, legs and tail.
Grooming requirements of the Welsh Springer Spaniel
High. The Welsh Springer Spaniel requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts from the feathers. The Welsh Springer enjoys swimming, and should be dried off after swimming sessions and gently brushed through. The coat is quite protective against the elements and normally dries quite quickly in summer months.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection. The ears of the Welsh Springer Spaniel have long feathers that may dangle in water bowls and become messy at meal times. Ear furnishings should be checked daily for food deposits, burrs and thorns and any matts or tangles gently teased out.

The feet and pads may also become hairy and the perfect hiding place for ticks, thorns etc.

The heavily coated Welsh Springer Spaniel may require specialist grooming sessions to keep the coat in good condition.
Hypoallergenic
No. The heavy silky coat of the Welsh Springer Spaniel sheds throughout the year so unsuitable for allergy sufferers.
Health Issues in the Welsh Springer Spaniel
The breed is generally healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so do consult your breeder:
Ear problems
Eye problems
Hip dsysplasia
Average lifespan of the Welsh Springer Spaniel
A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.
Approximate Welsh Springer Spaniel pedigree puppy price
 
Litters are often available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £600-800. Litters tend to be produce between 6-10 puppies. There were 363 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.
Estimating how much an Welsh Springer Spaniel would need to be fed each day
 
A bitch weighing 16kgs requires 250gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £6.20

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £6.90

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.
Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog
 
Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Welsh Springer Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:
Worming preparations
Flea treatments
Annual vaccination boosters
Microchipping
Dental treatments
Neutering/spaying
Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.