The Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed was developed as a gundog to flush, or spring, game in the field.
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Welsh Springer Spaniel dates back to as far as 7000 B.C.. This is the first time that man relied on dogs as hunting companions. Although many descriptions have been documented in history matching that of the Welsh Springer Spaniel, they did not receive formal recognition from the Kennel Club until 1902 and the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 1906.
2) Hunting Breed
The Welsh Springer was developed for a specific hunting purpose before the invention and use of guns. His job was to find game hidden under cover, such as rabbit, partridge, or pheasant, and flush it out toward the hunter’s net or up into the air where it could be caught by the hunter’s falcon. The dogs needed to work in rough terrain, including brush thickets, marshland, rocky hills, and deeply plowed furrows, so they had to be sturdy while still being quick and agile.
3) Hard Workers
These dogs were expected to work long hours, day after day, covering vast distances in extreme weather conditions. They were bred for endurance and stamina and to have a love of their job. The environment they hunted in also required that Welsh Springers be good swimmers. That ability, along with their great nose and slightly webbed feet, makes them good water dogs and retrievers, as well.
4) Soft Mouthed Dog
The springer spaniel is what is referred to as a soft mouthed dog, meaning that they can carry things in their mouths very gently, holding it securely without harming it or breaking the skin. This trait is what first made them popular as gun dogs, and this trait comes about from the superior bite inhibition of the breed, and a tendency to take care over what they do!
5) Loyal Follower
These are gentle dogs that prefer to be in the company of their human family. They are known to shadow their people, following them from room to room. They can be reserved with people they don’t know, so don’t expect displays of affection with strangers. On the other hand, they shouldn’t show signs of shyness or be unfriendly. Proper early socialization will help your Welsh Springer feel relaxed around all people.
Welsh Springer Spaniel could be a great watch dog? Their history as guard dogs has made them very effective in alerting their owners that a stranger is nearby or someone is at the door. Unfortunately these Welshie is much too friendly, if properly socialized to be a truly effective guard dog.
The Welsh Springer is a very intelligent dog with a desire to please his owners. He also has a good sense of humor. They can sometimes show a stubborn streak, so be patient and start your training early. If you are looking for a dog that can impress in the show ring, hunt hard all day long, and snuggle with you on the couch in the evening, consider the Welsh Springer Spaniel.
8) Dog Sports
The intelligence, versatility and desire to please that is innate in springer spaniels is what makes them a good choice for all sorts of working roles and family homes, and their ability to turn their paws to all sorts of things also means that they are a good choice for canine sports.
The Welshie’s rich red-and-white coat is soft, silky, and dense. Any pattern is acceptable within those two colors, and any white area may contain red ticking. The protective coat is virtually self-cleaning because it’s waterproof, thorn proof, and weatherproof. It requires only routine brushing and some light trimming.
10) Separation Anxiety
All of the spaniel breeds need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.