A breed with plenty of initiative which
they put to full use when hunting and retrieving. They have excellent
temperaments making them ideal companions and family dogs.
Description & History
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an ancient
and pure-bred dog which dates back to Norman times. Records hundreds
of years old and still in existence mention dogs very similar to the
Welsh Springer, but it was not until 1859 that there was any definite
description of the breed. Canine experts believe the Welsh Springer
and the Brittany Spaniel share the same ancestry. These same experts
also believe that immigrants, from Brittany, who settled in the southern
part of Wales brought their dogs with them. It is quite possible that
this theory is true as the breed, up until the First World War, was
mostly found in the south of Wales.
The breed, which was known in the Principality
of Wales as a Starter, attracted little attention outside its own country
until the end of the nineteenth century. In 1902 the breed was officially
recognised by the British Kennel Club and its name was changed from
Welsh Cocker to Welsh Springer.
The colours of the breed - red and and
pure white - are one of the dog's distinguishing features. Smaller and
more refined than the English Springer and not so popular, these dogs
make up for lack of size with ability, determination and endless stamina.
They are keen, hard working and highly proficient gundogs which are
capable of hunting most type of game.
The Welsh Springer if not properly trained
from an early age will take to hunting on its own. If time and patience
is taken with their development they will on command willingly find,
flush and retrieve for their owner. They adapt to a town or country
home providing they receive regular exercise.