FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - WSS
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a spaniel belonging to the Gundog group and dating back to the 14th century. It is a medium sized dog with a white coat with patches of chestnut red in various positions over its body. Chestnut flecking is permissible over the nose and the bottom of the front and back legs. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an extremely friendly and loving dog and makes an ideal family pet as they are very good with children. He will follow you around the house wherever you go and will love to be included in whatever you and the family are doing.
The dogs are generally taller than the bitches and also heavier. The UK Kennel Club specifies that the male should be approximately 19 inches (48 cms) at the withers and the female should be about 18 inches (46 cms). When fully grown the dogs should weigh between 17 to 22 kgs (35 to 40 lbs)
A bitch will usually have a season every six months and this will last approximately two and a half weeks. This can obviously be a problem if there are other dogs around as separation is the only sure method of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. There is also the inconvenience of bloodstains on your floors and carpets. On the whole dogs are more consistent with their affection and devotion as bitches can be obstinate and independent when they are in season but either sex will give you all the love that you ever ask for!
Yes they do ! Any spaniel will take as much exercise as you can give them ! This is not the type of dog for someone who lives in a flat or apartment and has nowhere to give the dog a good run on a daily basis. A Welsh Springer Spaniel will easily run for a couple of miles on a daily walk and after a short break be ready to go again if you let him. The walk should include an opportunity for free running, off the lead, for at least half an hour with the minimum amount of time devoted to the daily walk being about an hour. A confined, bored Welsh Springer Spaniel will create havoc for you and your family.
A Welsh Springer Spaniel should ideally be brushed every day as this will keep the coat in good condition. They also require a bath on a fairly regular basis - often due to getting the white of their coat very dirty when out running or walking. The feathering of the coat can easily get knotted with small twigs, branches etc. if the dog is exercised near undergrowth and this should be removed as soon as possible. A comb as well as a brush is often required for the feathering on the tail and under the body and the backs of the legs. If you intend to show your dog you will need to trim him to improve his appearance for the show ring. All dogs however should have the hair trimmed from between their toes so that this area does not get clogged up with mud and cause infection. If the hair on the ears becomes too long it may also get into the dog's food and can be very unpleasant - it is best to trim the excess hair from beneath the ears.
No dog is easy to train - all training requires patience and understanding. However having had both Irish Red Setters and Irish Red and White Setters I personally find the Welsh Springer Spaniel far easier to train. They are very intelligent and are eager to please - if you give them consistent commands then they will reward you with a well trained obedient dog ! Training should be done little and often - 5 to 10 minutes training each day is far more beneficial than 1 to 2 hours every two weeks. Training classes which are present in most areas are an excellent source of help to owners and dogs alike and also prove to be a good source of socialisation.
Yes, a Welsh Springer Spaniel is a very sensitive dog and seems to be aware of what is required of them, tolerating being crawled over and having their hair pulled by children. They are also very quick to sum up the situation. When the suitcase comes out they know that they are going away and my bitch will follow me around until I let her go into the back of the car and then wait there patiently until I have finished the packing. If you are talking to other people with the dog apparently asleep at your feet they have an uncanny sense and will get up just before you have reached the end of your conversation.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel Breed Standard is a picture in words that describes each breed of dog and is owned by the Kennel Club and all changes are subject to approval by the Kennel Club General Committee. The Kennel Club's breed standard for the Welsh Springer Spanel can be found at the following link - click here