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The Welsh Springer Spaniel, an energetic and cheerful dog

Considered a real joyful dog, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is the best companion for families looking to bring joy into their homes. They're especially friendly and have a lot of energy to spare.

Characteristics of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel exudes good humor and friendliness in its physical appearance alone. They have a harmonious build with a compact body and good musculature. Of medium size, the dog measures between 46 and 48 cm for a weight going from 16 to 21 kg according to the sex, the size and the age. They are best known for their head, which is very similar to that of the Brittany Spaniel. The skull is correctly proportioned, the stop is accentuated and the nostril is developed while displaying a dark flesh color. The eyes are remarkable with their soft hazel color that expresses kindness and gentleness. And what to say about the ears whose shape reminds that of a vine leaf. Falling, fringed and of small dimensions, they are attached low and of hanging style. Let's not forget to mention the majestic coat of the Welsh Springer Spaniel. The coat is long, flat, silky and dense. It must be bright red and white as required by the standard.

History of the Welsh Springer Spaniel breed

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a dog of high lineage that comes straight from Wales and would have existed long before the 14th century. During the Renaissance period, its ancestors were used to accompany hunters who used falcons or bows. Originally, all Spaniels were considered Cocker Spaniels or Cockers. Later, these famous Spaniels will be called English springer Spaniels. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that English Coockers, English and Welsh Springer Spaniels were seen as breeds in their own right. Today, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is relatively rare.

Living requirements and behavior of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

Although originally used as a hunting dog, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a family dog par excellence. It is a good-natured dog. Devoid of any form of aggression, it is at the same time sociable, affectionate, friendly and always in a good mood. Thanks to its soft temperament, it maintains a fusional relationship with the children. However, to be happy, he needs to live in the open air in the countryside. Being cooped up in an apartment is not the ideal environment for a hunting dog. He also needs a good education from a young age, especially in terms of socialization. This dog has for example a tendency to be shy towards strangers. It does not appreciate repetitive commands, hence the importance of varying games, pleasures and commands to obtain good results.

Diet and main health problems of the Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel does not show any signs of specific diseases. It is a robust breed that nevertheless needs a good quality, balanced diet to stay in shape. The only health concern is the appearance of ear infections.