Welsh Springer Spaniel


A small to medium sized Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Springer Spaniel Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)17-19in (43-48cm)
Weight35-45lbs (16-20.5kg)
Hair Colour(s)Red & white
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size6-10
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftHigh

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is small-medium sized dog with a sturdy build. The body is strong and muscular with straight, well-boned legs and a docked tail. The head is well-chiselled with dark eyes and pendulous ears that hang close to the cheeks. The coat silky and straight, with feathering on the chest, legs and ears, and the colouring tends to be a combination of red and white.


Welsh Springer Spaniels are friendly and cheerful dogs with sociable and good-natured dispositions. They are loyal dogs with plenty of affection and love to offer, and make popular companions and family pets, especially for active people. These dogs thrive on companionship, interactive play and activities, and do not like being left alone for long periods of time. They are not suited to those with little time to dedicate to pets. They have high energy levels, espeicially as puppies, and require early socialisation to instill confidence. Some younger dogs can wet themselves from excitement, stress or nerves. Welsh Springer Spaniels are highly intelligent and quick to learn, and they are also responsive and eager to please, although often a little sensitive. As a result they are pretty easy to train and so are suited both to novice owners and those with experience in dog ownership and training. Welsh Springer Spaniels get along well with older, more considerate children, and are not suitable for smaller kids because they do no appreciate being handled roughly. They get along well with other pets and are generally reserved around strangers. These dogs will generally bark to raise the alarm if something seems amiss, which makes them effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Welsh Springer Spaniels originate from Wales, as indicated by their name, and are closely related to English Springer Spaniels. They were originally bred as gun dogs to flush out game and have a history that dating back several centuries. These days they still retain these skills but also make good companions and family pets.

Breed Specific Ailments

Welsh Springer Spaniels tend to live between 12-14 years and are generally a healthy breed. Some of the health concerns noted in the breed nclude cataracts, epilepsy, glaucoma, hip dysplasia, PRA, seizures, and thyroid problems.


Welsh Springer Spaniels are medium shedders that also shed seasonally and so are not suitable for those suffering from allergies. Their grooming requirements are not high and the coat will need brushing two or three times a week to keep it looking silky and in good condition, and more during heavier shedding periods. Bathing or dry shampooing can be carried out when necessary. The hair around the bottom area should be kept trimmed for hygiene reasons, and the ears should be kept clean and dry to reduce the chances of infection. Also the hair between the toes should be kept trimmed.

Exercise & Environment

Welsh Springer Spaniels tend to live indoors and are not suitable for small homes such as apartments. These dogs need plenty of exercise and will need a daily long walk plus access to a secure yard or garden for daily play. Without adequate exercise these dogs can tend to become overweight and may also tend to misbehave and chew.


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