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Welsh Springer Spaniel

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Wales, gun dog. 
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 Years 
Color
Rich red and white only. 
Coat
Straight and flat, silky in texture; some feathering on chest, underside of body and legs. 
Exercise Needs
Needs regular exercise on and off leash. Without enough exercise he has a tendency to become fat and lazy. Enjoys swimming. 
Temperament
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is attentive, friendly, cheerful, sensitive and independent. 
Good with Children
Gentle with children. Will tolerate other pets. 
Grooming Needs
Regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush twice a week. Shedding is twice a year and needs extra attention. Bathe or dry shamp 
Average Size - Male (in)
18 - 19 
Average Size - Female (in)
17 - 18 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
35 - 45 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
35 - 45 
Health Issues
Hip dysplasia, epilepsy.v
Living Conditions
Does not do well in a kennel. Should have a house with a fenced yard. 

Breed Description

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a very sociable and intelligent dog who thrives on human companionship. Smaller than his English cousin he also has less feathering on the ears, a more tapered head and higher set ears. Originally used as a gun dog, today he has more fame as a family pet with a good nature, adaptability and every ready eagerness to get up and go. Related to the English Springer Spaniel he comes from the same stock. Theory suggest that the breed's forefathers arrived with the Gaul's in pre-Roman times. Bred in Wales for more than 400 years there is speculation that he was crossed between the Clumber Spaniel and some indigenous Welsh Spaniels.

Breed Infobits

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is both responsive and intelligent.
Welsh Springer Spaniels look as though they will always be gentle, and in virtually all cases this is true.

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