Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Most Often Asked About The Welsh Springer

Q: What are the primary differences between the Welsh Springer, English Springer and the Brittany. A: This subject is covered in detail in a comparison of the breed standards (See “The Welsh Springer”). Generally the following applies: The Welsh Springer is only Red and White in color, is smaller (size and weight) than the English Springer and about the same size as the Brittany. The Welsh Springer however, will normally be heaver than the Brittany as the Brittany is lighter boned and leggier. The Welsh Springer is normally more “laid back” and easier to live with than the English Springer and Brittany.
Q: Does the Welsh Springer make a good family pet? A: Yes. The Welsh Springer is often referred to as a “Velcro” dog and generally prefers to be with his people rather than with other dogs (except maybe other Welsh Springer's as they can be very clannish). He also knows when to protect and guard without becoming aggressive or mean.
Q: Is there a difference between the performance event dogs and the family pet. A: No! One standard fits all! The WSSCA and it members have worked very hard to ensure that there is no divergence in the standard between the performance event dog and family pet. The same “couch potato” is just as likely to have a Champion title and/or be an Obedience, Hunting, Agility or Tracking title holder.
Q: Is the Welsh Springer a good hunter? A: Yes! The Welsh Springer possesses an excellent nose and is a natural hunter. The Welsh Springer may not be as “pretty” a worker as some of the other breeds but if there is a bird in the field he will bring it up for you.
Q: Which would you recommend a male or a female? A: This will depend upon your own personal preference. The young male Welsh Springer (under one year) is normally more easy-going than the female Welsh Springer with more of a “lets wait and see attitude”. The young female Welsh Springer is normally more inquisitive and “busy” and is always checking and getting into things. As they age there is little to no difference between the male or female.
Q: Should your Welsh Springer by spayed or neutered? A: Many Welsh Springer breeders require that their puppies going into pet homes be spayed or neutered. The female will normally come into season approximately every 6 to 8 months and this can sometimes prove very difficult if the owner is not prepared to deal with the situation.
Q: When should the puppy be spayed or neutered? A: There are different schools of thought on when to have your pet spayed or neutered, however it is this writers thought that the female should be spayed as soon as possible after the first heat and the male neutered at about 9 months. This permits the puppy to produce the hormones necessary to finish “Growing Up”.
Q: I have heard that after your dog has been spayed or neutered that their coat often becomes “cottony”. Is this true? A: After several years their coats do tend to become “Cottony”, however with good grooming this can be kept under control and should not pose a problem.
Q: Is the Welsh Springer easy to housetrain? A: Yes. Most Welsh puppies will train themselves and will try to wait until they are taken outside. Normally if you have a accident in the home it is the owners fault, not the puppies.
Q: Do they need a fenced yard? A: While not an absolute necessity, it certainly helps. If you are in a city apartment situation you should, at a minimum, have a park, walk area or play area close-by. Some Welsh Springer breeders require that you have a fenced yard prior to obtaining a puppy from them.
Q: At what age can I start letting my Welsh Springer jog with me. A: The Welsh Springer puppy grows at a phenomenal rate. Most will be full sized, though not mature, by the time they are six months of age. While you can allow them to start jogging with you on a limited basis after they are full sized, to prevent possible joint and bone structural damage, it is best to wait until they are more mature (about one year)
Q: Is the Welsh Springer the result of a breeding between the English Springer and the Brittany? A: No! The Welsh Springer is a very ancient and pure breed having been developed in the isolation of Wales for many centuries.



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