Welsh Springer Spaniel
The country of origin of the Welsh Springer Spaniel, as you might guess from its name, is Wales. These dogs are close relatives of the English Springer Spaniel. It is one of an oldest Spaniels and is known for several centuries. The breed is a nice result from crossings between the English Springer Spaniel and the Clumber Spaniel in the 14th century. Its representatives perform well at hunting regardless of terrain and conditions, which makes them favorites for hunters in the UK. In the past, it was only a hunting dog, but today it is also a great friend and family pet. The breed was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1914.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel has a medium height and a robust figure. Head is relatively small, with a sweet, interesting and intelligent expression. Ears are large and beautifully draped, and fall around its face. Coat is straight and silky, on chest and legs it is like feathers. Coloring is mainly red and white. Female specimens weights between 16 and 19 kg and are about 42-45 cm high, and males - 18 to 20 kg in weight and 45-48 cm in height.
Character and behavior
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a lively, and friendly dog. It is a great family friend and pet, suitable for both people with experience in breeding of dogs and for an inexperienced ones. It is very affectionate and often handing out wet kisses to the people it loves. It can get irritated when it does not receive enough attention. Overall, these are very good-natured, loyal, helpful and kind creatures.
Training and education
These Welsh Spaniels love to be with their family, playing and romping with them. They are too sensitive about their dressage and you should proceed with a soft tone. Training is easy and pleasant as it is very intelligent, responsible, quickly learn and wants to be liked.
Average life duration of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is about 12 to 14 years. The most common health problems are glaucoma, cataracts, seizures, epilepsy and thyroid problems. Some representatives may suffer from dislocations of kneecap or other joint issues.
Grooming and care
To look in good condition, coat of the Welsh Springer Spaniel should be brushed 2-3 times a week. You must keep its hair short on the bottom and clean for hygienic reasons. Ears should always be clean and dry to prevent infections. Hair on the paws should also be abolished. Coat of the Welsh Springer Spaniel falls slightly, so it is suitable pet for people with allergies.
Children and other pets
This puppy hates to be touched and hugged roughly, and although it loves children in general, it is not a good idea to leave the house when small and aggressive children are around your pet. Some specimens can get depressed from excitement, nerves and stress. These dogs are reserved toward strangers, bark a lot, if they feel that something is wrong, which makes them excellent guards. They get along with other pets. In general, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is an excellent pet for a person or family, who have enough spare time to give love and attention to their dog.
These beautiful dogs are very well known for their athletic skills. In the last 20 years they uses these skills not only for hunting, but in many different sports and activities. Puppies for sale are sought after people who want to train their dog and participate in championships of agility, tracking, obedience and flyball. Check Welsh Springer Spaniel puppies for sale