The Welsh springer spaniel descends from red and white ‘land’ spaniels used in the Middle Ages to hunt and spring game for falcons or the net. The breed became popular after a string of victories at early field trials and was recognised in 1902.
The Welshie is often confused with the springer but is slightly smaller, with a moderate-boned body, medium length muzzle, kindly expression, feathered hanging ears and a glossy flat coat in red and white. It is a cheerful, enthusiastic and high energy breed that works closely with its handler and is eager to please, but at times headstrong. It is sensitive and does not respond well to harsh handling. In the home it is considered good with children and reliable with other dogs and pets, but wary of strangers.
Although vulnerable it has a loyal following as a working breed. It is an ideal rough shooter’s dog and can be used in the beating or picking up teams at shoots.