Springer Spaniel weight chart
As you may know, each breed of dog has its own unique set of nutritional requirements.
Their unique set of nutritional requirements have been passed on from generation to generation just like the breed's unique coat, body size and temperament. We have found that we can not change the genetic makeup of the animals we are feeding just by exposing them to a different diet for a small amount of time. Therefore, I suggest that Welsh Springer Spaniel owners try to feed their present companion pets with foods that contain what this breed requires. The food should contain: (#1) nutrient sources that are similar to those found in the native environment of the breed's ancestors (sources which are not foreign to the digestive and glandular systems of today's Welsh Springer Spaniel and which are easy for them to assimilate) and (#2) the proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that match the breed specific nutritional requirements - those which have been passed on by their ancestors.
Pet owners who feed their companion pets correctly can save a lot of money. Many dogs are taken to the vet, suffering from nutritionally related problems, and the vet bills can be huge. i.e. dry/itchy/flaky skin, hot spots, yeast infections in the ear, thyroid - liver - kidney problems, just to name a few, cost the average dog owner hundreds of dollars every year. That is why I recommend that pet owners learn about the nutritional needs of the animal they are feeding before deciding on one of the many foods which are now available. When we first learn what our companion pet needs and then choose a diet that is correct for the animal being fed, it is a win-win situation: the dogs are healthier and the owners save money.
I personally believe that the best diet for a Welsh Springer Spaniel is one that the owner makes fresh, using quality ingredients, without preservatives. It only takes about one to two hours a week to cook for a Welsh Springer Spaniel so that both #1 & #2 are met and preparing home cooked meals for a dog can be less expensive than buying the average all-breed, any-breed commercial pet food. I hope that you will consider using this option to feed your companion pets correctly.
In my books (published in 1990 and 1997) on breed specific canine nutrition, I listed food sources to use and food sources to avoid when feeding a Welsh Springer Spaniel. The idea was to provide pet owners (both those who wanted to cook for their companion pets or those who wanted to buy an all-breed/any-breed preservative filled food for their pets) information about food sources to use or avoid. So that you can have that same information, below is the text from the page "Welsh Springer Spaniel" that was in one of my books on canine nutrition.
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WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL
Weight Standards: m/f - average 40 lbs.
Height Standards: m/f - average 17 inches
Coat: flat, silky textured with mild feathering, red & white in color
Common Ailments: epilepsy, hot spots and skin rashes
The Welsh Springer Spaniel developed in Wales, which is located on a peninsula of Great Britain. This breed is a direct descendant of the red and white dogs that the Gauls brought to Wales in pre-Roman times. In Wales they were isolated from the rest of the world and bred pure for centuries. Wales has been described as a highland country of old hard rocks. Yet this country, which is only 150 miles long, has three very distinct climates. The Welsh Springer Spaniel comes from the higher elevations of Wales (2700 to 3500 ft.) in the Brecknock area. This specific area of Wales has a great deal of temperature flux. It was this environment that gave this breed a weather resistant coat that is "self cleaning". It was also this environment that gave this breed its unique nutritional requirements.
Only a limited variety of crops (rye, barley, wheat, and potato) could grow in the rocky soil of this breed's native environment. Any meats of the area were from the small herds of cattle or sheep and domesticated poultry, or wild fowl.
For the Welsh Springer Spaniel I recommend foods that blend poultry, mutton, and beef meats with corn, wheat, and potato. However, I also recommend that you avoid feeding any ocean fish, white rice, avocado, or soy bean product to this breed.__________________________end of page from book__________________________
At this web site I have already documented how it has been PROVEN that one breed can require ten times what a different breed requires - PER KILOGRAM OF BODY WEIGHT - of fat soluble vitamin "D" and thus a product formulated for the breed with the higher requirements would be toxic to the breed with lower requirements.