17-19" (43-49 cm) 35-45 lb (16-21 kg) Straight, flat, soft weatherproof coat. Moderate feathering. Rich red and white colouring. Any pattern is acceptable.
Like English Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels, the Welsh Springer Spaniel comes from mixed birding-bred spaniel stock common to Europe in the 15th to 19th centuries. During this time, all spaniel types were interbred, with preference given to hunting ability over breed type. When litters arrived, puppies would be separated by size and type. In Wales, smaller dogs with characteristic deep red and white colouring, a more tapered head and smaller ears were called Welsh Springers. In the late 1800s, various types of English spaniel were separated and interbreeding was forbidden. Over time, each breed became unique. By 1906, the Welsh Springer Spaniel was officially recognized. The breed came to North America in the early 1900s, but didn’t catch on and was virtually extinct by the end of the Second World War. Breed fanciers imported fresh bloodlines and brought them Welsh Springer Spaniel back to sustainable numbers. It remains an uncommon breed.
A lovely mix between hunting dog and couch potato, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is equally happy working or relaxing at home. Because he was bred as a birding dog, his hunting instincts are excellent. Outdoors he’s a tireless explorer, seeking birds to spring. He is easy to train and very attached to his people, though without good socialization he can be shy of strangers.
Upland Creek Welsh Springer Spaniels Reg’d
Upland Creek Reg’d, Lawrence & Mary Labatt. Home-raised and field bred Welsh Springer Spaniels. Bred from UK and European championship blood lines. Superb pets, amazing field dogs that hold birds before flushing. RR 1, Concession 8, ENR, Clear Creek, ON N0E 1C0. (519) 586-8514; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uplandcreek.com
Shore’N Cliff Welsh Springer Spaniels, Bruce & Nola Stigings. Home-raised and field-bred Welsh Springer Spaniels. Bred from US & European championship bloodlines. Superb pets and amazing field dogs that flush birds. Contact us to reserve a puppy from an upcoming litter. Red Deer County. (403) 227-4632; email@example.com; www.springerspanieldogs.ca
Long Lane Welsh Springers Reg’d is a small kennel located in the Annapolis Valley in NS, where my dogs live in my home and are shown in AKC and CKC conformation, occasionally obedience and rally. We show mainly in the Atlantic provinces and the US East Coast. My main focus is breeding healthy and happy Welsh Springers that make excellent family companions (as well as show dogs, hunting dogs, or performance dogs as requested). My breeding line consists of health tested champions (AKC & CKC) that meets the breed standards. (902) 698-7668; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.longlanewelsh.com