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Welsh Springer Spaniel breed profile

Training and intelligence
Welsh Springer Spaniels learn quickly, but need firm, consistent handling to bring out the best in them. Use positive training methods, and find ways to channel that abundant energy.

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a good natured dog, generally easy-going and steady. They are very active dogs, always ready for action, with an instinct for work. A faithful, affectionate companion, the Welsh Springer is good with children.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Although the Welsh Springer Spaniel is affectionate with his family, he can be reserved with strangers. This is not to say he is aggressive at all, but he is not necessarily interested in those he doesn't know. It is essential to socialise this breed to ensure his comfort around unfamiliar people and dogs.

Grooming and shedding
A fairly dense coat, developed to protect the Welsh Springer Spaniel when working needs brushing twice a week. The ears need checking and cleaning regularly.

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is blessed with boundless energy, and needs daily strenuous exercise to keep him happy. Provide opportunities for walking, off lead running, and also playing.

Need for company
This is a breed that needs human companionship. Welsh Springer Spaniels must live closely with their family, and they do not thrive if kennelled.

Developed as a gun-dog on both land and water, the Welsh Springer Spaniel enjoys swimming. This affable breed can make a good family pet if his exercise needs are met.


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