General WSS Information
Welsh Springer Spaniels have an ancient linage and were developed in the isolation of Wales and the English West Country. The Welsh Springer is a merry, active breed displaying a loyal, affectionate disposition; possesses a devilish sense of humor and is a devoted family member and hunting companion. While the Welsh Springer is often reserved with strangers, he is not timid, shy or unfriendly.
The Welsh Springer possesses solid and compact structure and has a dark, rich red and white coat which is thick and silky with no tendency to be wavy and is very nearly self-cleaning.
Being of medium build and size with an even, reserved, disposition the Welsh Springer is a gentle family dog and prefers to be with his people. The Welsh Springer is often referred to as a 'Velcro' dog as you cannot go anywhere without your 'shadow'. At the same time, without being mean or aggressive, the Welsh Springer knows when to protect and guard.
Bred specifically to spring game toward a net or into the air for a falcon to capture prior to the invention and common use of the gun the Welsh Springer rarely advances beyond easy gun range. Possessing a superb nose, slightly webbed feet and an ability to negotiate heavy ground cover the Welsh Springer is not only a versatile hunter but is also a very good water dog and retriever. The Welsh Springer does possess a stubborn streak, however the Welsh Springer is an extremely intelligent dog and with patience and an early start the Welsh Springer can be an excellent hunting companion.
The average life span of the Welsh Springer is 12 to 15 years of age. Average height at the withers is 17 to 18 inches for a female and 18 to 19 inches for a male. Average weight is 35 to 50 pounds for a female and 40 to 55 pounds for a male.