Breeds 101

Welsh Springer Spaniel


Hard-working, water-loving and with outstanding stamina, the versatile Welsh Springer Spaniel is an excellent companion and superb working gundog.

The exact origins of the Welsh Springer Spaniel are unclear, but the breed likely was developed around the 1600’s in Wales. The breed enjoyed a rise in popularity as a hunting dog of the nobility but lost footing as the English Springer Spaniel and other Spaniels came into favor. It has also been used as cattle drover and sheep herder and excels at flushing (or “springing”) game birds.

Unlike the English Springer Spaniel, it has not diverged along separate work and show lines, although it is almost equally popular for each purpose.

Brought to the U.S. in the late 1800’s, the Welsh Springer Spaniel gained AKC recognition in 1906.

The breed responds well to obedience training.

Medium, 35 to 45 pounds; females 17 to 18 inches; males 18 to 19 inches.

Color: Red and white.

Active, steady, easygoing. Loyal, affectionate, and totally devoted to family, but independent; reserved with strangers. Usually gentle with children.

Energy level: High as puppy, mellows with age.

Best owner: Active, loving owner in a suburban or rural home.

Daily exercise (long walks and strenuous games), socialization, fenced yard, weekly brushing, and occasional trims with scissors.

Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years.