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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

Sporting/Gun Dogs


35 – 45 pounds


17 – 19 inches




Welsh Springer Spaniel has a soft coat that is straight and flat, with featherings on ears, legs, chest, tail, and underside of body. It requires regular brushing.



The Welsh Springer Spaniel is slightly off square in appearance (slightly longer than high), with a stocky, robust build that grants this breed high stamina and endurance. Because Welsh Springer Spaniels were used as bird dogs, they are highly alert and very intelligent. While they are still well-suited as working dogs, they can also be great pets and companions.

Country of Origin:



The Welsh Springer Spaniel used to be known as Welsh Spaniel, and also Welsh Cocker Spaniel; it was showed alongside the English Springer Spaniel for a long time. In 1902, it was recognized as a separate breed and given the name Welsh Springer Spaniel.


This breed is given the nickname “Welshie” among enthusiasts.


Welsh Springer Spaniels are active and affectionate dogs. They become very attached to their owners, but remain friendly to almost anyone. They are playful and get along well with children, which make them great family pets. Welsh Springer Spaniels thrive with plenty of human companionship and as such should not be left alone for long periods of time.



Welsh Springer Spaniels are quick learners and can become very obedient pets. Patience might be required, especially in early stages of training, because they are by nature curious of their environment and can be distracted.


Welsh Springer Spaniels need a fair amount of exercise to stay healthy. They become bored and will turn destructive if not given proper exercise.


Welsh Springer Spaniels are generally healthy dogs that can live up to 12 – 14 years. They are prone to ear infections due to their droopy ears, which require regular cleaning. One common problem is hip dysplasia; therefore it is important to select responsible breeders who test their breeding stock.


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