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Spaniel (Welsh Springer)


Illustration of Spaniel (Welsh Springer)

The red and white Welsh hunting dog was chronicled in Welsh literature in the Middles Ages and it is thought that these provided the ancestry for the Welsh Springer Spaniel. The breed comes only in this colour. At one time the breed was simply called a Welsh Spaniel and certainly one of these red and white spaniels played a part in establishing the parti-coloured cocker spaniel. The breed was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1902.

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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