In contrast to the English Springer, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is more laid back and easygoing. However, they still need plenty of exercise, and they also love to hunt birds. They could stay outdoors all day.
They’ve always been an independent-minded animal. However, they also remain devoted to their owner. These furry friends make excellent house pets, and their timidity toward people they don’t know makes them good watch dogs.
Some Welsh Springer Spaniel History
This is one of the oldest crossbred dogs in the world. It dates back as early as the 1300. According to records, it first appeared in Wales. However, disputes exist as to whether or not this was this breed’s true beginning. It may not be the same as the Welsh Springer we know today.
However, we at least know it’s of English descent. However, it took quite a long time to distinguish them from the Clumber and Land Spaniels. It also was hard to tell them apart from other canines in the region.
However, the English and Welsh Spaniels did have one major difference when positioned side by side – the color. The Welsh Springer became increasingly popular and finally became an official AKC breed in 1906. Eventually they became a pet known throughout the world, and still remains a faithful family dog to this day.
Welsh Springer Spaniel Care Advice
They hunt by nature. Therefore, they need plenty of room outside to run, jump and play. If you have time to teach them to fetch game, do it. They love any sort of trick that would resembling retrieving animals from the woods. However, any amount of time roaming around in the yard would benefit them.
Let them play for as long as possible during the day, and take them on plenty of walks. Then, let them sleep indoor with the family because they don’t particularly like warm temperatures. Since they have such a long coat of fur, you should brush it about twice a week. If you wish, you could also seek professional grooming services to keep it looking good.
Welsh Springer Spaniels live an average of thirteen and fifteen years. It’s a very healthy dog breed overall. However, you should watch out for one major health concern – CHD. Minor health problems that may show up include epilepsy, otitis externa, and glaucoma. However, this animal rarely gets cataracts. However, veterinarians suggest that Welsh Springer Spaniels get examined regularly for potential hip and eye problems.