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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel Characteristics: The fun-loving and warmhearted Welsh Springer Spaniel is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1906).

The Welsh Springer Spaniel, is characterized by its appealing compact, muscular and agile appearance with a slightly domed head, a strong body and an amiable and soft expression.

Other characteristics include brown, medium sized, oval shaped eyes; small, vine leaf-shaped ears; a low, well set, lively tail and a smooth, powerful gait. The temperament of the Welsh Springer Spaniel can be described as Playful, Affectionate, Active.

The coat type of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is described as medium, dense coat in red & white colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Welsh Springer Spaniel demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Gun Dog and is known by its nick name the "Dog of the Celts". The origin of the Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed was in United Kingdom (Wales) where it was developed in the Ancient Times.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1906): The Welsh Springer Spaniel is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1906).

Origin of the name: The name "Welsh Springer Spaniel" derives from the breeds country of origin in Wales. The word "Springer" relates to the dogs ability to rouse (that is, to "spring") game. The word 'spaniel' originated in Spain and referred to a surname meaning "Spaniard".

Other names for the Welsh Springer Spaniel: The Welsh Springer Spaniel is known by the nickname of the "Dog of the Celts". Other names for this breed of dog include the Welshie and Welsh Springer.

Welsh Springer Spaniel History and Origin: The country of origin of the Welsh Springer Spaniel breed was in United Kingdom (Wales) during the Ancient Times. The "Dog of the Celts" dates back to the Iron Age when the Welsh Celts frequently inhabited the hill forts in Wales.

The hillforts were surrounded by steep slopes, a deep ditch and a a high wall. The Celts farmed the land that surrounded the hill fort. The Celts used the Welsh Springer Spaniel to herd goats and sheep and as hunting dogs. The Welsh Springer Spaniel are believed to be the descendent of the Agassian hunting dog and these dogs moved to the valleys of Wales following the Roman occupation.

The Welsh Springer Spaniel belongs to the category of Flushing Spaniels, that were once referred to as Land Spaniels. With the growing popularity of firearms the Welsh Springer Spaniel made the successful transition to the role of a  Gun Dog. The Welsh Springer Spaniel was exported to the United States in the 1800's as a successful Bird Dog and was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1906. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is believed to be an ancestor of the Brittany Spaniel.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Modern History: The modern history of the Welsh Springer Spaniel moved on and the breed is now used as an excellent family pet. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is inclined to wander and requires good training and firm handling to curb this impulse.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Height: The Welsh Springer Spaniel breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 17 - 19 inches (43 - 48 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 16 - 18 inches (41 - 46 cm).

Welsh Springer Spaniel Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 40 - 45 pounds (18 - 20 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 35 - 45 pounds (16 - 20 kg).

Welsh Springer Spaniel Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium, dense coat.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include red & white colors. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 6-8 puppies. Welsh Springer Spaniel puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Welsh Springer Spaniel puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Fun-loving, Playful, Affectionate, Active and Warmhearted.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Welsh Springer Spaniel requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a quick, smooth, powerful gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Diet: A fully grown Welsh Springer Spaniel should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Welsh Springer Spaniel breed include Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Welsh Springer Spaniel breed is 12-15 years.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Welsh Springer Spaniel breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Welsh Springer Spaniel names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Obie *** Laser *** Glyn *** Max *** Clust *** Mojo *** Spark *** Riley *** Strider *** Tripp.

Welsh Springer Spaniel Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Welsh Springer Spaniel names are Pepper *** Carys *** Gwendi *** Mercia *** Tess *** Demi *** Olwen *** Nerys *** Skye *** Seren *** Tegan.

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