Breed Information Centre

Spaniel (Welsh Springer)


Illustration of Spaniel (Welsh Springer)

There is obviously a family likeness between the two breeds of Springer Spaniel but any suggestion that the Welsh originated from the English is liable to call down the wrath of the Principality on the speaker’s head!

Standardisation of the breed coincided with both that of the Cocker and the English Springer and, like the English Springer, the Welsh was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1902. The rich, dark red of his coat on its white background appears to have become more and more striking in the same period. His proper purpose in life is to spring or ‘start’ game and his fame as a worker has, of right, spread from his homeland.

The Welsh is somewhat smaller and lighter in build than the English Springer, and has a finer head. He is also easier to keep clean in wet weather. But his temperament is equally kindly, especially of latter years. His popularity has increased steadily, and he has become a favourite household dog in much the same fashion as other Spaniels.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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