English Springer Spaniel Shedding
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is steadier, more sensible, and less exuberant than his cousin, the Welsh Springer.
A hardy, vigorous worker in the field, the Welsh Springer Spaniel loves the outdoors and needs as much running, hiking, or biking exercise as you can provide.
Indoors he attaches himself with great devotion to his people. He is reserved with strangers, sometimes reticent, so he needs to be accustomed to people and noises at an early age. With other animals, he is peaceful and dependable.
Because of his independence and tendency to be easily distracted, the Welsh Springer Spaniel requires early training so that good habits are instilled right from the start.
However, he is physically and emotionally sensitive and "soft, " so training should be done with a calm voice and a light hand on the leash. Corrections should be mostly verbal - these gentle dogs wilt under rough handling.
Submissive urination (sudden wetting when excited or anxious) can be a problem in youngsters.
- Is medium-sized, approximately between a Cocker Spaniel and an English Springer Spaniel
- Has a pretty feathered coat
- Is bouncy and playful and thrives on lots of exercise and athletic activities
- Is physically and emotionally sensitive, a "soft" dog
- Is not as outgoing or demonstrative as his English Springer cousin, yet is still polite and peaceful with everyone, including other animals
- Responds well to training
A Welsh Springer Spaniel may be right for you.
- Vigorous exercise requirements
- Exuberant jumping, especially when young or not exercised enough
- "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
- Timidity or shyness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
- Frequent brushing, combing, and trimming of the silky coat
- Excitable or submissive urination (tendency to dribble urine when excited or nervous)
A Welsh Springer Spaniel may not be right for you.
If I was considering a Welsh Springer Spaniel, I would be most concerned about...
- Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Welsh Springer Spaniels MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored - which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing. Bored Welsh Springers can make a shambles of your house and yard.
If you simply want a pet for your family, and don't have the time or inclination to take your dog running or hiking or biking or swimming, or to get involved in hunting, or tracking, or agility (obstacle course), or advanced obedience, or a similar canine activity, I do not recommend this breed. Trying to suppress their desire to run and work, without providing alternate outlets for their energy, can be difficult.
- Separation anxiety. More than most other breeds, Welsh Springer Spaniels need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.
- Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, Welsh Springer Spaniels need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness, which is very difficult to live with.
- Grooming. To keep their silky coat free of mats, Welsh Springer Spaniels require regular brushing, and also trimming every few months.
- Shedding. Welsh Springer Spaniels shed quite a bit. Their hairs come off on your hands when you pet them, stick to your upholstery and clothing, and hide under the furniture. You'll need to vacuum frequently.
- Health problems. Severe inherited epilepsy (seizures) is the major concern, along with hip and eye diseases.
To learn more about training Welsh Springer Spaniels to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Welsh Springer Spaniel the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.
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