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Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium sized gundog, built for endurance and hard work in all weathers. Shorter in the leg than some spaniel types, the Welsh Springer is a little more compact and moderate, with shorter ears and less feathering to ears, legs, body and tail. The coat is silky, flat and glossy, with rich red markings against a white background. 

12 – 15 years
16 – 20kg
46 – 48cm
Deep, rich red and white. White areas can be flecked with red ticking
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

 The Welsh Springer Spaniel breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Glaucoma which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up. 
- Hereditary cataracts which is a condition where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and this can result in blindness. 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip screening scheme
- Eye screening scheme 
- Eye testing for pectinate ligament abnormality testing to look for signs that a dog is affected by glaucoma.


With the appealing soft-eyed faithfulness of all spaniels, the Welsh Springer is a friendly and merry breed. A good-natured companion and hardworking partner, they are devoted to their owners but can be a little reserved with strangers.  

Easy to train with a positive reinforcement-based approach, the Welsh Springer thrives on plenty of exercise and engaging work in the form of traditional gundog work, or other scent-based sports and competitions. A definite workaholic! 

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Did You Know?

  • The Welsh Springer Spaniel has been known by many names, including Welsh Spaniel, Red and White Spaniel, Welsh Cocker and the welsh word ‘Tarfgi’ which means ‘dispersing dog’ referring to their job of flushing game toward waiting guns. 
  • They have webbed feet which makes them excellent swimmers. 
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel’s are the oldest recognised Spaniel breed of dog. 
  • Dog’s which look like Welsh Springer’s appear in images around the Renaissance period in the 16th century. 
  • They’re often referred to as ‘Velcro’ dogs and will follow their people around the house. 
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