Welsh Springer Spaniel

Looking for a springer who is a little less enthusiastic? I’m still cheerful at home and capable in the fields, but a bit more mellow than my cousins. I have a spaniel’s friendly, affectionate nature and am good with children. Easygoing yet independent, I won’t be under your feet all the time but I dislike being left alone. Apartment life can be limiting, though I do fine with new pet owners.

A long walk and a lively game of fetch in the yard every day will meet my demands for exercise. I make a great hiking partner and am tolerant of weather extremes, though I will wander and chase if not leashed. My bright mind and desire to please make training easy. Obedience and agility courses give me a chance to display my natural athleticism. Socialization as a puppy will avoid stranger timidity in later years.

Welshies weigh 35 to 45 pounds and stand 17 to 19 inches tall. I have a long, flat coat of red and white that needs regular care. Brushing several times a week will avoid tangles, with more frequent attention during shedding seasons. And please trim the feathers occasionally for a neater look. Do check my floppy ears once a week for signs of infection, and bathe me only when necessary.

I’m a fairly healthy breed, with the only potential problems being hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and eye problems. Limit treats so I don’t become overweight, and I should be a happy home companion for 12 to 15 years.