The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a a playful, loyal, and affectionate breed. While extremely loyal, they also have pretty independent personalities. However, they should not be left a lone for long amounts of time because they are prone to separation anxiety and may become destructive. A Welsh Springer Spaniel loves to be outdoors and would make a great companion animal for an active family with older children or an active single!
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is known by breed enthusiasts as the Welshie!
2. The Welshie was used in Wales for centuries as a working gun dog. They make excellent hunting companions when trained properly.
3. The Welsh Springer Spaniel falls between the English and Cocker Spaniel as far as size goes. They normally stand about 18-19 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 35-45 lbs on average.
4. The Welshie only comes in the red and white coat color.
5. Health issues common to the breed are hip dysplasia, ear infections, and eye disorders.
6. Though these dogs have been around since at least 1570, they were not recognized as an official breed by the English Kennel Club until 1902.
7. The Welshie has an average lifespan of about 12-15 years old.
8. As puppies, Welshies are prone to jumping. It’s important to discourage this behavior to avoid the in their adult years.
9. Welsh Springer Spaniels can sometimes be hard to house-train because they are prone to submissive urination.
10. These dogs are very effective watchdogs. They’ll always bark to let you know when a stranger is approaching your property.