Welsh Springer Spaniels have hardy, compact, medium-sized frames covered in soft, straight coats that usually come in red & white. Their heads are slightly domed with nicely cut muzzles. They have dark, oval-shaped eyes and long feathered ears. Their long necks slope down to muscular, slightly feathered chests. This feathering continues along the stomach and hind legs. Their tails, sometimes docked, are usually carried high without curling over.
While the Welsh Springer Spaniel is considered more reserved than the English version, it is just as warm and loving. Around the home, the Welsh Spring Spaniel is playful and gentle with children, affectionate with adults and protective of everyone. It can sometimes be independent, preferring to roam and explore, but most often the Welsh Springer Spaniel wants to be in the center of every family activity.
Welsh Springer Spaniels can live as long as 16 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia and epilepsy. When grooming the Welsh Springer, remember to trim the toe hair and check the ears for infection. It tends to shed in the spring and fall. To keep it mentally and physically sharp, make sure the Welsh Springer Spaniel gets plenty of exercise.
The roots of the Welsh Springer Spaniel go back nearly 9,000 years to prehistoric Britain. These hardworking and faithful hunting dogs later evolved into various Land and Water Spaniels, including the Welsh Springer Spaniel. A popular hunting breed among the wealthy, the Welsh Springer Spaniel has been a cherished companion since the 14th century.