There is obviously a family likeness between the two breeds of Springer Spaniel but any suggestion that the Welsh originated from the English is liable to call down the wrath of the Principality on the speaker’s head!
Standardisation of the breed coincided with both that of the Cocker and the English Springer and, like the English Springer, the Welsh was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1902. The rich, dark red of his coat on its white background appears to have become more and more striking in the same period. His proper purpose in life is to spring or ‘start’ game and his fame as a worker has, of right, spread from his homeland.
The Welsh is somewhat smaller and lighter in build than the English Springer, and has a finer head. He is also easier to keep clean in wet weather. But his temperament is equally kindly, especially of latter years. His popularity has increased steadily, and he has become a favourite household dog in much the same fashion as other Spaniels.