Welsh Springer Spaniel

Other name: Welsh Springer

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The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog, of compact and harmonious build, built to be enduring and fast. The gait of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is characterized by regular, powerful movements that allow it to cover a lot of ground.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 20 kg From 43 cm to 47 cm
Male From 15 kg to 20 kg From 45 cm to 48 cm
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History of the breed

The race of   Welsh Springer Spaniel was developed from the English Springer and Clumber Spaniel, during the 17th century. The first breeding operations were held in Wales and in parts of the West of England , where the Welsh Springer Spaniel   Little by little, he showed his skills as a hunting dog, game hunter, but also as a sheepdog. Its first standard was established in 1902 by the Kennel Club of Great Britain. The race of   Welsh Springer Spaniel was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on December 30, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published on July 28, 2007.

Photos of Welsh Springer Spaniel

Photo of Girl, Welsh Springer SpanielPhoto of Buffy, Welsh Springer SpanielPhoto of Urphee, Welsh Springer SpanielPhoto of Ritzy, Welsh Springer SpanielPhoto of Sulkie, Welsh Springer SpanielPhoto of Dolli, Welsh Springer Spaniel

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Physical features

His hair: silky, dense, straight or flat, never curly or wavy. Forming bangs on the forelimbs and hindquarters, above the carpus and hock, as well as on the ears and tail.
Its color: red and white.
His head: rather long and slightly rounded. The skull is well proportioned, the top in a slight dome, well defined under the eyes and the stop well marked. The nose is dark flesh colored, the nostrils well developed, the muzzle moderately long and square, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
His ears: hanging, rather small and narrow, set rather low and shaped like a vine leaf.
His eyes: medium size and hazel or darker in color.
His body: of moderate length (not too high on the legs), powerful and muscular. The neck is long and muscular, the kidney moderately harped and well attached, the chest well let down and the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: set low, well fringed, in proportion to the whole body.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Welsh Springer Spaniel is a lively, cheerful and active dog, without being hyperactive. He shows a lot of spirit, intelligence and initiative , especially when he has the opportunity to hunt. A game-lifting dog, the Welsh Springer Spaniel also showcases its speed and endurance on a variety of terrains. At home, he is a pleasant companion for the whole family , including children. On the other hand, he is not particularly good at guarding. He is gentle , never aggressive, nor fearful.

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As with any dog developed for hunting, the Welsh Springer Spaniel should learn recall as early as possible . His upbringing is no more complicated than that of another dog, simply requiring finding the right balance between firmness and gentleness . The use of any form of brutality is to be excluded. However, the use of positive reinforcement methods, based in particular on encouragement and rewards, is to be recommended.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The ideal living environment for a   Welsh Springer Spaniel would be a house with a large fenced garden in which he can roam freely. He appreciates the proximity to nature , but he can adapt to an urban environment if he is sufficiently walked and stimulated. He is less inclined to live in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Welsh Springer Spaniel is a hardy and resilient dog . The breed does, however, exhibit a predisposition to certain diseases and abnormalities, including the following: hip dysplasia, cataracts, hypothyroidism, glaucoma and, in some males, aspermatogenesis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Welsh Springer Spaniel dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Welsh Springer Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Welsh Springer Spaniel is subject to moderate shedding during which hair loss is of moderate intensity. Its maintenance does not present any particular constraint . It consists of the basic care that is given to any type of dog.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week using a card to keep the coat clean and remove dead hair. The inside of his ears should be inspected and cleaned regularly to prevent infections. It can be bathed only if necessary .

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Welsh Springer Spaniel is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
€ 550

The annual maintenance cost of a Welsh Springer Spaniel is between 350 € and 550 €.

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The Welsh Springer Spaniel needs a high quality diet suitable for its activity level, size and age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Welsh Springer Spaniel is an active dog and therefore needs long daily outings . He appreciates the exercises and games shared with his master and outings in the forest.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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