For The Welsh Springer Spaniel Fans

Kate | May 11th, 2008
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 votes, average: 3.33 out of 5)

The Welsh Springer Spaniel has never caught the fancy of the American Sportsman. On the scale of general popularity, the American Kennel Club ranks the Welsh dog at #120 on the list of recognized breeds.

Sportsmen have a wide selection of bird dog companions, whether they prefer pointers, retrievers, or the spaniel breeds. The pointers outnumber the other specialty breeds in this country. Though the Welsh Springer Spaniel’s prowess as a field dog may be obscured by the specialized abilities of other sporting breeds, indications are that he was the first spaniel ever to be used in front of a sportsman’s gun.

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is somewhat larger than the more popular Cocker Spaniel, and a shade smaller than the English Springer Spaniel. Our new friend is a native of Wales, and is very much in evidence there today. It was his cousin, however, the English Springer Spaniel, that rose to prominence as a bird dog in the United States.

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a dedicated worker, with no terrain or brush condition considered too difficult. He wears a coat that enables him to withstand both extremes of temperature. So adaptable is he as a working dog that he is also used in his native country as a herd dog for sheep, and for driving cattle. Of the very ancient origin, the Welsh Springer Spaniel breed has been preserved in Wales purely for working purposes.

The one factor that has made the English Springer more popular than the Welsh Springer is the independent nature of the Welsh dog. He has a charming personality and is quite active.

It is said, however, that his independent nature dictates that his training be started when he is quite young; otherwise, he is not considered as easily trained as his English counterpart. If training is started at an early age, he learns his lessons well and retains what he learns.

For centuries though, Welsh sportsmen have been most satisfied with their native dog. Perhaps they know something we don’t and simply aren’t willing to share. It should be remembered that the Germans kept their Weimaraner under wraps for years before that breed’s prowess became known to the rest of the world.

The Welsh spaniel makes a terrific guard dog when properly trained, yet has an even disposition and temperament, compatible for close association with children. He is adaptable to countryside living, but is equally adaptable to city-type apartment dwelling.

He has a minimum of excess hair on his ears and legs. He can get himself caked up with mud and grime during a day of hunting in the field, and simply shake it off, exposing his gleaming white and red coat. He takes to water enthusiastically, whether retrieving fowl, or just taking a refreshing dip.

Share This!

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.