Welsh Springer Spaniel Dog Breed Information
Welsh Springer Spaniel Coat
The Welsh Springer Spaniel has a coat that is naturally straight, soft in texture, thick, and flat. The coat is weatherproof and provides protection from temperature extremes as well as briar bushes and thorns. There is feathering on the chest, underside of the body, and the back of the legs. The tail and ears have light feathering. This breed's coat color only comes in red and white, with many pattern variations. They are average shedders.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Character
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is compact and muscular. This is an attractive breed, exhibiting substance, and built for endurance. Although the Welsh Springer Spaniel possesses many attributes this breed is often over-looked by their English Spaniel cousin. As a result they are rarely seen in the United States and may be difficult to obtain.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Temperament
This breed is affectionate, happy, and excellent with children. They are active, loyal, friendly, and exhibit a playful attitude. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is accepting of other pets. They may be reserved with strangers, but are not shy, timid, or aggressive. Although they are somewhat independent, this breed thrives on being included in family activities and does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They are amiable and trustworthy companions.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Care
The Welsh Springer Spaniel requires regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush. Special care must be given during shedding. Bathing or dry shampooing should only be done when necessary. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears. This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and entropion.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Activity
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is highly energetic and lively. They require a tremendous amount of exercise off the leash, and prefer a large yard or open space. This breed will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and benefit from play sessions. The Welsh Springer Spaniel excels in tracking, hunting, retrieving, and swimming. If this breed is not properly exercised on a consistent basis they will become bored, lazy, and overweight.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Health and Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes cataracts, epilepsy, glaucoma, HD, PRA, seizures, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.