Welsh Springer Spaniel -
In 2000 The Kennel Club registered 424 Welsh Springers and 12599 English
Springers. This shows why the Welsh Springer is not as well known as its
Sh.Ch. Russethill Royal Salute over Nyliram
This type of dog was bred for hunting rabbits, birds and other game in the undergrowth and getting them to run or fly, originally for the falcon but nowadays, for the gun. This was the original meaning of springing and hence the term "Springer". In the Principality of Wales, the Welsh Springer was known as a separate and distinct variety and can be traced with certainty to the eighteenth century, although the term "spaniel" was first found in the 1300's.
Many dogs are still used for their traditional purpose and certainly an active outside life suits the breed, with at least one good free run daily. They are happy to live in the home, preferably with a companion, although they have a tendency to be noisy if bored.
Even if you do not wish to work your Welsh Springer Spaniel, a degree
of training using kind but firm methods is essential in order to have
a sociable and socialised pet. Welsh Springers, particularly males, have
immense energy and a strong nose for following game scents, even if that
is not your interest!