Thought to be comparable to the old Land Spaniel, they are similar to the English Springer Spaniel and historically have been referred to as both the Welsh Spaniel and the Welsh Cocker Spaniel.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Sweden: SKK: Domarkompendium
US: Illustrated Standard: http://www.wssca.com/images/forms/illustratedStd.pdf
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Wales
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. United States: WSSCA Health Reports: http://www.wssca.com/html/wsscaHealth.html
OFA: Recommended Health tests: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=WS
Blue Book: https://www.ofa.org/diseases/eye-certification/blue-book-breeds?breed=WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL
3: Finland: FKC Database: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=126
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Walesinspringerspanielien rotukohtainen jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2020-2024
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Sweden: Welsh Springer Spanielklubben: https://www.wssk.se/
UK: Welsh Springer Spaniel Club: https://www.welshspringerspaniel.club/
Joint Health Group: https://www.welshspringerspaniel.club/health-welfare/joint-health-group/
US: Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America: http://www.wssca.com/
Finland: Springerspanielit ry: https://springerspanielit.fi/