Welsh Springer Spaniel

Country of origin: Wales
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Breed Group: AKC: Sporting Group,
FCI: Group 8 Section 2 #126
Occupation: Gun dog
Size: 16–20.5kg (35–45lb),
46–48cm (18–19in)
Longevity: 12 to 14 years
Exercise: Daily run
Training: Easy to moderate
Grooming: Moderate
Colors: Red and white

Equally popular as a working gundog and a companion, the Welsh Springer is a good-natured and tractable breed with stamina to spare. Its original function was to flush or “spring” game birds for hunters, but it has also proved capable at herding cattle and sheep. It makes a cheerful and energetic companion, although it can be somewhat reserved with strangers. The Welsh Springer is reliable around children and naturally inclined to obedience training. It revels in physical exercise, especially any activities involving water. Red-and-white dogs of this type can be traced back to the 18th century in Wales and further back in England. The breed was only officially recognized in 1902, however, and was previously called the Welsh Cocker. It is popular, but somewhat overshadowed by the English Springer Spaniel (see p.219): despite sharing a name, the two breeds are not in fact closely linked.



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