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The Welsh Springer Spaniel Guide, The Land Spaniel

Why This Breed Makes for An Excellent Pet

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Is the Welsh Springer Spaniel Right for you?

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    Welsh Springer Spaniels are at home on land or in the water, equipped with webbed feet and a thick coat.

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    Welsh Springer Spaniels need lots of exercise and love to do it with the whole family.

HISTORY

Dating back to the early 14th century, the Welsh Springer Spaniel, along with the English Springer and Cocker Spaniels, are some of the first hunting dogs used in the United Kingdom. An excellent gun dog that was renowned for their ability to spring on hidden game, the Welsh Springer is now more commonly seen as a companion dog or a family pet.

quick facts

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    Size

    Medium

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    Lifespan

    Estimated to range between 12 and 14 years

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    Hair Length

    Long

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    Male Height

    18-19 inches (46 to 48 cm)

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    Male Weight

    35 to 45 lb (16 to 20 kg)

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    Female Height

    17-18 inches (43 to 46 cm)

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    Female Weight

    35 to 45 lb (16 to 20 kg)

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    Litter Size

    4-8 puppies with the average being 6 puppies

APPEARANCE

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a densely built, medium sized dog. They have the traditional droopy spaniel ears that are covered in a feathery fur. Their coat is downy, flat, and can either be straight or wavy. Their legs and stomach are covered in a long, feathery fur, and slightly less so on their ears and tail.

PERSONALITY

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a naturally obedient, good spirited, and easily adaptable breed. Though they are not normally reserved, they can be a little shy around new people. They are a relatively laid back breed, and rarely act out. If anything, these dogs need to be socialized to prevent them from being overly timid. Also, this breed is exceptionally sensitive to tones, so harsh training will only backfire, sending them farther down the hole to shyness.

color

The Welsh Springer Spaniel can be found in black and white, chocolate and white, red and white, yellow and white, blue and white (Slate), lilac and white, sable and white, tricolor, saddle pattern, blue merle, red merle, or sable merle.

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health concerns

Though normally a healthy breed, Welsh Springer Spaniels have a tendency to develop:

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