Welsh Springer Spaniel - Appearance & Grooming

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

Appearance

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium sized spaniel with a silky red and white coat. The head is slightly rounded with a square muzzle. The ears are long and pendant and are lightly feathered. The intelligent eyes are oval shaped and either hazel or deep brown in color. The neck is slightly arched and the topline is level. The weatherproof coat comes in a dark, rich red and white pattern and there may be some ticking in the white areas. There is feathering on the backs of the forelegs, the hind legs above the hocks, the chest, and the belly. The tail is customarily docked and is carried either slightly elevated or level with the back.

Size and Weight

Adult male Welsh Springer Spaniels should stand from 18 to 19 inches at the shoulder, and females should stand 17 to 18 inches. They can range in weight from 38 to 48 pounds.

Coat and Color

The coat of the Welsh Springer Spaniel is straight, flat and soft. Unlike their English cousins, the hair should never be wavy. It is a weatherproof double coat, designed to protect the dog from the elements while hunting. They come in a dark, rich red and white pattern and there may be some ticking in the white areas. There is feathering on the backs of the forelegs, the hind legs above the hocks, the chest, and the belly. The tail and ears also sport light feathering.

Grooming Needs

Welsh Springer Spaniels are easy to groom. They require regular brushing several times per week to prevent tangles and mats. During shedding season they may require daily brushing. They only require bathing as needed, which varies based on the activity level of the individual dog.

Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. The heavy ears of the Welsh Springer do not allow for air to circulate, making them prone to infections. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear down the toenails naturally.

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