Did you know?
Cooper, a Welsh Springer Spaniel, “co-wrote” a cookbook with his human, Susan Orlean, called Throw Me a Bone. It features dog recipes like “Grrrrnola” and “Pawcakes.”
Welsh Springer Spaniel
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail. – Fran Lebowitz
Dogs resembling the Welsh Springer Spaniel, known as Land Spaniels are often seen in old pictures and prints. These Spaniels are believed to have settled into Welsh valleys where local sportsman and hunters used them to hunt game.
At one time called the Welsh Starter, this Spaniel was used to spring game, originally for hunters using falcons.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel stands up to 19 inches at the shoulder and has a straight silky thick coat that is only ever red and white. There is feathering on the legs, ears, chest, and underbody.
Photos displayed courtesy of Bruce Stigings, Shore ‘N Cliff Welsh Springers, Alberta
Like most sporting dogs, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is best suited to an active home where he will be a cherished member of the family. Friendly, loyal, energetic, and affectionate, the Welsh Springer is devoted to his people while displaying caution and aloofness to strangers. Known for his love of children and his playful and fun-loving attitude to other pets, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a super companion. He is not a dog who should be left alone for long periods. He is much too fond of people to make an effective guard dog.
This dog is intelligent, curious and quick to learn however he can be a little headstrong. Obedience training and socialization should begin early. As you might expect of a dog bred for work and endurance, the Welsh Springer Spaniel has a high energy level and requires lots of exercise and room to run off-leash to keep him healthy and happy. Without the necessary exercise, he may appear hyperactive and out of control. He should live in a home with a fenced backyard with an active owner who can keep up with him!