The Welsh Springer Spaniel

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The following information is from the American Kennel Club.

A compact dog built for hard work, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a distinct breed, not a variety of the English Springer Spaniel. With his excellent nose and slightly webbed feet, the breed is a versatile hunter, water dog and retriever. Their trademark coat is a striking red and white in color.

A Look Back
During the Renaissance, the “Land Spaniel,” a Welsh Springer-type dog with red and white markings, was used for retrieving, and tapestries of the time depict a dog very similar to the Welsh. Originally, he was bred to spring game toward a net or into the air prior to the invention and common use of the gun. Although the breed was fashionable with the nobility in the 1700s, the English Springer Spaniel soon replaced it in popularity. A small group of breeders kept the breed from becoming extinct.

Right Breed for You?

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  • Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1914.
  • Ideal size is 17 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Hunting dog.

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