As the name says, the Welsh Springer Spaniel comes from Wales originally, and that is where most of them can be found today. Welshies are descended from among the oldest hunting dogs, and date back as early as 250 b.c., when their native land was occupied by wild Celtic or Gallic tribes. They are in the Sporting Group.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an eager and quick learner, extremely affectionate, and devoted. The Welshie's lovely red-and-white coat is straight and soft, not wavy or curly, and requires moderate upkeep. Regular brushing will do the job. The coat is dense--its heritage from centuries of retrieving--to protect it from the water. It sheds twice a year. The Welshie has gentle brown eyes, a black or brown nose, and a docked tail.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: A distinct dog of ancient origin; compact, not leggy, and hardworking.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--males, 18 to 19 inches at the withers; females, 17 to 18 inches.The length of the body may be slightly longer or the same as the height, but not less.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is smaller than the English Springer, but stronger than the Cocker Spaniel. He has shorter legs and a longer coat than the Brittany, with a larger head and longer ears. All Welshies are distinguished by their beautiful coats--always red with white.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.