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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.

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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