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Welsh Springer Spaniel Breed Summary

Well-Tempered, Loyal, Affectionate, Intelligent and Energetic

These doggies are a very old breed and can be seen in some artwork as far back as the 16th century! They were originally referred to as 'Welsh Spaniels' and bred to hunt game. They were mainly found in Wales as well as some parts of Western England where they were used to drive cattle and herd flocks. However, the actual origins of the breed remain unknown, with some believing they came about by crossing hounds with gun dogs. They were mainly kept by upper class Welsh Gentry during the 18th century however, centuries later, they became well-regarded gun dogs over most of the country! Their versatility has led them to become popular across many parts of the world, including India, Australia and America, particularly during the 19th and 20th century. They became a recognised breed in 1902 and they remain a popular choice of doggy in many parts of the world.

Other Names Welshie, Welsh Springer, Welsh Cocker Spaniel, Welsh Starter

These doggies are well-known for being very even-tempered, both in the field and at home. Although boisterous as pups, they tend to settle down as they mature into fully grown Welsh Springer Spaniels. They are extremely loyal and love to be around their 'hoomans'. This, paired with the fact that they are highly intelligent and affectionate, makes them fantastic pets, even for first time owners! They are however, very high energy and need to be in a home with lots of open space and with a family who already lead a very active lifestyle that these doggies can easily slot into. Because they love to be around their families so much, they shouldn't be left by themselves for too long as it can lead to them developing separation anxiety, which can result in them becoming depressed and even developing destructive behaviours. With plenty of socialisation and lots of physical and mental stimulation they make lovely family pets.