Welsh Springer Spaniel - Temperament & Personality

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Welsh Springer Spaniel

Personality

Welsh Springer Spaniels are less outgoing than their English cousins but still share the same zest for life. They are full of energy and enjoy spending time with people of all ages – even kids and will attach himself deeply to the people he loves. Built for hunting, Welsh Springers still enjoy working in the field, but will also have fun tracking and stalking birds in the backyard. They can be a bit messy, tracking dirt and water throughout the house, but their smiling faces and constantly wagging tails makes staying mad at a Springer nearly impossible. They will alert you that someone is approaching the house, though they are too shy to be effective guard dogs. For active families, Welsh Springer Spaniels make excellent pets.

Activity Requirements

Welsh Springer Spaniels need to run every day. They were built to spend long periods of time hunting birds in all sorts of weather and all types of terrain, and have more energy than they know what to do with. If they aren't allowed to run daily, Springer Spaniels can be a handful to live with – bouncing, barking, chewing and making a general nuisance of himself. Welshies are less rowdy than English Springers by nature, so if your notice your Welsh is overly hyper, it's a sign he needs to run more often.

Springers enjoy long walks, jogs, hikes, and some enjoy the occasional dip in the water. Kids willing to spend an afternoon playing catch with a Springer can expect a best friend for life.

Welsh Springers are intelligent dogs who need to exercise their minds as well as their bodies. Your dog will appreciate being enrolled in agility, flyball and tracking actives as an outlet for exercise, thinking and extra bonding time with someone he loves.

Trainability

Welsh Springer Spaniels are relatively easy to train, but they can be independent and also carry a touch of doggy ADD which can be frustrating. Keep lots of treats on hand to keep his interest, keep sessions short, and be ready to hand out lots of exuberant praise. Springers do not respond well to harsh discipline – they will shut you out if they start to mistrust you – so it's best to positively reinforce good behavior and ignore the bad.

Behavioral Traits

Despite being independent animals, separation anxiety is a common trait in Welsh Springer Spaniels. This problem is almost always made worse if a Springer isn't getting enough exercise every day. Let your Springer run before you leave the house, and give him plenty of interesting things to occupy his time while you are gone. People who work long hours should not consider this breed. Springers will show their displeasure with being left alone by chewing destructively and barking obsessively.

Welsh Springers are not as outgoing as their English counterparts and need to be socialized at an early age to accept new people as welcome guests. Welshies who aren't exposed to new sights, sounds and people can become overly cautious, even skittish, which is difficult to live with and causes the dog a great deal of anxiety.

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