Welsh Springer Spaniel
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Breed Registries:

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Great Britain


Males: Approximately 19 inches (48 cm) at the withers.
Females: Approximately 18 inches (46 cm) at the withers.


35 to 45 lbs (16-20 kg)

Breed Profile:

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.

Health Issues

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 Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

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