Standing between 17 and 19 over the shoulder, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is described by his fans as “”easy-sized””: larger and stronger than the Cocker Spaniel but smaller than the English Springers.
There are two hallmarks of Welsh that distinguish them from other spaniels: a uniquely slender head and an attractive coat of bold red and white patterns. The beautiful coat is not just decorative – it is a waterproof, weatherproof and prickly suit that enables Welshians to show their renowned versatility in all climates and all terrains.
According to leading officials, the Welsh Springer Spaniels are the oldest of the Spaniards in Britain, descended from the original Spaniels of the Iberian Peninsula (derived from the Spaniel term “Spaniel”). Exactly how these dogs traveled from Spain to Wales in ancient times is one of the canine mysteries that historians see as “lost in the haze of history”, but the Velshi-type dogs are a part of British art and Around 250 years BC appear in literature. Welsh and English Springers emerged as separate breeds in the early 1900s.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an attractive dog of easy size, which exhibits no roughage. He is compact, not tall, clearly built for hard work and endurance. The Welsh Springer spaniel lends length due to the obliquely angular headquarters and well-developed headquarters. Being a Hunting Dog, he should be shown to be in a tight muscular working position. His coat should not be so high as to hamper his work as an active flushing spaniel, but it should be thick enough to protect him from heavy cover and weather.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
To make your attractive red and white coat look its best, the Welsh Springer Spaniel needs beauty at least weekly. A good once with a soft brush should work well for this, along with a slicker brush or metal dog comb to separate any mats or tangles that have started working. Nails should be cut every three to four weeks, and bathing every month with a gentle shampoo made for dogs will help keep the coat and skin clean and healthy.
The Welsh Springer is “reserved with strangers” to quote the breed standard. This should not be taken to mean that a Velshi is timid or shy. Early socialization and puppy training classes are required. Keep in mind that Velshi is Hunting Dogs, and the urge to chase birds and small mammals has originated in them. However, most puppies quickly learn to respect your pet cat or any other dog. A safely fenced yard is the best. Velshi excels as a hunting companion and in dog sports such as obedience, tracking, agility and rally.
Welsh Springer Spaniels are active, energetic dogs who are happiest when they have lots of exercise as well as lots of time with their people. Play sessions with your family safely in the fenced yard or take a long daily walk with your boss. Interaction with his humans is the key to a happy Velshi. The breed is an excellent choice for those with an active lifestyle as well as those looking for a loving family partner. Looking at the opportunity, these cute spaniels will steal your heart.
Welsh Springer Spaniels should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is professionally manufactured or prepared at home with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. Contact your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Welsh Springer Spaniels are generally healthy dogs, and responsible breeders have tested their stock for health conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, and eye disease. A Velshi’s ears should be examined regularly for signs of infection, and teeth should be brushed frequently using toothpaste designed for dogs. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help the dog ensure a longer, healthier life.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: