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Understanding and Training a Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is generally more wilful than the English Springer, however is just as happy & determined. Therefore, do not squash this dog's friendly & cheerful spirit by using sharp or harsh training methods, as the Springer takes immense pride in responding to clear & purposeful reinforcements.

Also known to be less exuberant than its cousin, this is still a very active and hardy worker, and like many gundogs, the Springer requires a lot of mental & physical exercise - a bored, under stimulated worker can be destructive and boisterous.

The Welsh Springer is an adaptable, affectionate breed that can be reserved with strangers, yet friendly if well socialised. Regardless of your Springer's temperament, socialise early and pro-actively with as many people, animals & environments as possible to help ensure a well-balanced dog for life.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Welsh Springer Spaniel

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 35 - 45 lbs (16 - 20 kg); 46 - 48 cm
  • General Temperament: Active, Athletic & Happy
  • General Description: A happy, responsive & well balanced Welsh Springer is an active, hard working & appreciated Welsh Springer.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required x        
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements     x    


Brief History

The name of the Springer Spaniel comes from the flushing and "springing" the hunted game into the air. Although likely sharing common origins with the English Springer Spaniel variety, the Welsh version has different markings and is smaller with a finer (more narrow) head. There are also subtle differences in breed characteristics.


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