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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Origin and Brief History:

The Welsh Springer Spaniel developed from the English Springer Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel in Wales.  Both of these breeds were considered to be a part of the hunter spaniel breed.  Spaniels started to be trained to hunt at six months old.  As time went on, hunters began to divide the breeds into land hunters and water hunters.  The Welsh Springer Spaniel was placed into the land hunter category.  This breed of dog was bred to find game, and could hunt for hours at a time without a break.  It was not until the 1800’s when the Welsh Springer Spaniel became its own breed.  Prior, it was considered to be an English Springer.

Temperament:

The Welsh Springer Spaniel loves to be a part of the family.  This breed is great with children, and willing to please its owner.  It is smaller than its ancestor, the English Spaniel, and also has a lower energy level.  However, the owner does need to show the spaniel that they are in charge.  If not, the dog may become too overprotective or certain things in the house.  Tone of voice is also important.  If the Welsh Springer Spaniel hears a voice that is not powerful enough, they may not listen.  However, they also do not respond well to tough love either.  Their hunting instincts are nearly impossible to curb, so proper training early is necessary.

Grooming:

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an average shedder.  Their coat is easy to maintain with regular brushing.  Only shampoo and bathe the dog when necessary.  It is also important to trim any hair that grows between their toes.  Owners should keep the spaniel’s nails clipped.

Specification of Breed:

Male Welsh Springer Spaniel’s typically grow to be around 17 to 19 inches.  They usually weigh around 40 to 45 pounds.  Females grow to be a little smaller, at around 16 to 18 inches.  They typically weigh somewhere between 35 and 45 pounds.

Buyer Beware:

The Welsh Springer Spaniel needs plenty of exercise.  Without proper exercise, these dogs will become fat and lazy.  Also without enough activity, they have a higher chance of developing a variety of behavior problems.  The Welsh Springer Spaniel is also susceptible to various ailments.  One is hip dysplasia.  Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip, which can cause pain in the dog’s joints.   This breed also can be prone to epilepsy, commonly known as seizures.  Welsh Springer Spaniels may also develop entropion.  This condition is genetic and can cause inverted eyelids and the surface of their eyes to become scratched.

 

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