Welsh Springer Spaniel
Group: Sporting Dogs
Origin: Great Britain
– Males: Approx 19 inches (48 cm) at the withers.
– Females: Approx 18 inches (46 cm) at the withers.
Weight: 35 to 45 lbs (16-20 kg)
Originally Known As: Welsh Cocker
Photo credit: Daisy Valley
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The Welsh Springer Spaniel was originally called the Welsh Cocker and was renamed in 1902. The Welsh Springer and English Springer Spaniel are entirely different breeds and not “varieties” of a Springer Spaniel. The Welsh Springer’s history dates back as far as 7000 BC, when the first hunting dogs were used by man. These were likely the ancestors of most of today’s domestic hunting dogs. Tapestries from the Renaissance era depict a dog very similar to the Welsh Springer. The breed was first imported into North America in the late 1800s and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906.
He is a loyal, devoted and affectionate family member. Gentle with children and other animals, he also makes a good watchdog who always announces visitors. Originally bred as a flushing spaniel to hunt rabbits, birds and other small game, he is built for endurance and has an active nature.
The Welsh Springer is a compact, strong and symmetrical dog with a silky coat that is straight, thick and of medium length with moderate feathering on the legs, chest and underside of the body. His coat is rich red and white in colour.
If you are considering the adoption of a Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) — Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- Health and Nutrition — Growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- AKC Canine Health Foundation — Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene — HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet — Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
- Clubs, Sports & Activities — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website covers several sports and activities and also includes listings of non-breed specific Dog Clubs from across Canada.
- Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.
*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org
*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.