welsh springer spanielThe Welsh Springer Spaniel is a happy dog that likes to run and play, and be with their family. They need human contact with their family.

The English Springer Spaniel and the Welsh Springer Spaniel are completely different dog breeds.

From 1926 until 1948 there were no registrations for the Welsh Springer Spaniel.


Little is known about their origin but the breed is an old breed that was shown at the first Kennel Club show in 1873. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906 and the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America was formed in 1961.

They are excellent hunters that have a good nose and slightly webbed feet to aid them while swimming. They are also retrievers that are persistent.


The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a member of the American Kennel Club’s sporting group of dogs.


The Welsh Springer Spaniel is 17 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder and they weigh 35 to 55 pounds.


The standard color for a Welsh Springer Spaniel is red and white. This is the only standard color and there are no markings.


The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a happy, affectionate and loving dog breed that loves to be with their family. They can be reserved with strangers, but they will warm up quickly.

They are good with children and other dogs but they do need to be supervised because of the large size although they are gentle with children.


They are a high energy dog breed that has stamina and they need lots of exercise to release their energy. They will need brisk walks and playtime each day to release their energy. Change up their training and playtime so they don’t get bored.


Their average lifespan is 12 to 15 years of age. Most Welsh Springer Spaniels will lead healthy lives but they may be prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and eye problems.


Their straight double coat will need brushing or combing a few times a week, and more ofter during the change of seasons. During the times of shedding, you will need to use a deshedding tool several times a week to remove the loose hair.

They have a coat that is not only beautiful, but it is weatherproof, waterproof and thornproof allowing them to hunt in many terrains and climates.

Other Grooming

Trim their nails as needed and clean their ears once a week to keep them clean, especially after swimming. You need to brush their teeth a few times a week to prevent tartar buildup.


They are very eager to please their owners and they learn very quickly, making training a pleasure instead of a chore.

They have lots of physical and mental energy that needs to be released every day. An agility course can provide both mental and physical exercise for your dog.

Separation Anxiety

The Welsh Springer Spaniel loves to be with their family and they need human contact. They do not do well alone for long periods for time. Separation anxiety can cause bad behaviors such as excessive barking and chewing.

welsh springer spanielRescue

If you are interested in the Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.

You can search for a Welsh Springer Spaniel rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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