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Yorkshire Terrier

A toy breed, the Yorkshire Terrier dog is best known for his full flowing tresses of a texture quite similar to human hair. The coat colouring is unusual too, being a steel blue and gold (rich tan). He has an air of importance about him, holding his head high. Adults stand at about 18-20cm and weigh no more than 3.2kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
I'd like a little toy dog to carry around
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Yorkshire Terrier

Origin

It is believed that Scottish weavers brought a small terrier with them during a period of immigration from Scotland to Yorkshire and Lancanshire during the 1850s. These 'Scotch Terriers,' sometimes also known as 'Halifax Terriers', interbred with local small terriers. It is believed that Yorkies have in their lineage the Manchester Terrier, the Maltese, the Skye, Dandie Dinmont and the Paisley Terriers. Shown as the Scotch Terrier in 1861, the dog later became known as the Yorkshire Terrier dog breed and was recognized as such by the British Kennel Club in 1886.

Personality

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog with a big attitude. This is a dog that will one minute happily snuggle on grandma's knee and enjoy a good cuddle, and the next minute leap through the air and tear after the neighbour's dog promising to show it who is boss. Yorkies are terriers after all, and will protect their territory valiantly.

Health

Yorkshire Terrier dogs tend to have a long lifespan. Nevertheless, they are predisposed to eye problems, kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place, a specific thigh bone disease, bladder stones, a windpipe disorder and congenital liver disease.

Exercise

To keep your Yorkie healthy and fit, daily exercise is a must. Yorkshire Terriers love walking and will trot on for miles if allowed. A short walk will please a Yorkie so long as he gets a good sniff around and some mental stimulation. Do remember that Yorkshire Terriers aren't just lap dogs, though, and do like to run, fetch and play like any dog. A minimum of half an hour's exercise is needed by an adult daily.

Nutrition

Toy dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

As a pet, the coat of a Yorkshire Terrier dog needs to be brushed daily, using a brush and comb to ensure all tangles are removed. The topknot should be taken down, brushed out and redone. Leaving an elastic band in for days will destroy the coat. Hair under and around the tail should be checked for faeces. The teeth should also be brushed daily, as the small mouth leads to overcrowding and a tendency to teeth decay. Once mastered, the daily grooming should take no longer than 15 minutes.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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West Highland White Terrier

The beautiful, shaggy coat, button nose and small, erect ears make this breed very attractive. Their bodies are compact and their heads have a fox-like appearance. The white coat, however, is their hallmark: a double coat, the outer coat being straight, hard hair and the under one being soft and plentiful. Adult Highland Westies measure 28cm and weigh 7-10kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
West Highland White Terrier

Origin

The West Highland White Terrier was bred to hunt otters, foxes and vermin. From the rough-coated terrier stock in Scotland, white whelps were selected to form this breed. James 1, King of England in the 1620s, requested some 'little white earth dogges' out of Argyleshire in Scotland and these were possibly Westies! Col Malcolm of Poltalloch, Argyleshire, accidentally shot and killed his favourite terrier (a dark coloured one) and vowed from then on only to have white dogs – then called Poltalloch Terriers. The Duke of Argyll's estate at Dumbartonshire was called Roseneath and in the 19th century, these white Terriers were then known as Roseneath Terriers in honour of his patronage and interest.

Personality

The West Highland White Terrier is cheeky, confident and affectionate characters, totally loyal to their families. They are alert and courageous, making them good watch dogs and they can also be cunning and stubborn. However, they must be introduced to cats when they are young, as they will chase them once they get older. They can have a mischievous streak, so training is recommended!

Health

The most common health problem encountered are skin allergies. The breed can also be affected by an inherited bone disorder of the jaw.

Exercise

West Highland White Terriers need exercise. They are energetic little dogs who love to play with a ball. They enjoy digging and some do wander off, so make sure the garden is well fenced. As a guide, an adult needs about an hour's daily exercise, though these active dogs will happily take more!

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

When a West Highland White Terrier gets dirty it is best to let the mud dry on them and brush it off when dry. The coat needs to be hand plucked two or three times a year by a professional groomer. A weekly groom is all that is needed to get rid of the loose hairs.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Confident, cheeky and affectionate, Westies make wonderful companions to families. To find out more about this loyal breed, visit Purina online today.

Welsh Terrier

Small, compact, sturdy-looking dogs, 'Welshies' are also smart and workmanlike. They have wiry, hard coats and stand squarely right up on their toes. Welsh Terriers are either black and tan, or black grizzle and tan. Adults are 39cm or under in height and weigh 9-9.5kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Terrier

Origin

Some historians think that the Welsh Terrier dog breed is a direct link to the Old English Black and Tan (or the Broken-Coated Terrier) but there are lengthy Welsh pedigrees that would imply that the breed is not a descendant of the now extinct English breed. In 1737, residents in Carnarvonshire were said to pride themselves on the purity of their Welsh Terriers. Indeed, the breed was known as the Carnarvonshire Welsh Terrier. For over two and a half centuries this breed was used for pack hunting of otters and badgers and was given separate recognition in 1885 in England.

Personality

A Welsh Terrier is an active, cheerful dog that is intelligent and affectionate. They bond very closely with their families and are playful and fun, although they can be somewhat reserved with strangers. If introduced to cats when young, they will accept them willingly. If not, they will have a tendency to chase them. They are often happiest being the only dog in the household!

Health

The Welsh Terrier can suffer from inherited eye conditions. Testing is available.

Exercise

Welsh Terriers are full of energy! They appear untiring and always ready to gallop off and play. As they adore swimming, care must be taken when water is about. Yet, if you are unable to give them their normal exercise upon occasion, they will accept matters without a fuss. Adults will need at least an hour's daily exercise but will happily accept more.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

Welsh Terriers need their coats plucked two or three times a year. Brushing and combing should be done two or three times a week.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

The Pembroke Corgi is a short, sturdy little dog, set low to the ground, with a foxy face. Their straight, medium-length coat is waterproof and can be red, sable, fawn, black and tan, with or without white markings. Adult Pembrokes measure 25-30cm, with males weighing in at 10-12kg and females at 9-11kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Origin

Records show that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed in the UK since a least 920AD. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers and were very popular in the 14th to the 18th centuries as cattle drovers. The Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.

Personality

The Pembroke Corgi is a generally obedient, active little dog. They are bold, outgoing and friendly - big dogs in little bodies. They are obedient and are loyal to the family and are ideally suited to an active, busy home. They make good watchdogs, being alert in the home, and keen to announce any visitors.

Health

The Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) is generally a very hardy breed. As with many breeds though, they can suffer from hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Their body shape also makes them more prone to spinal disc disease.

Exercise

He might only have short legs, but the Pembroke Corgi was bred to drove cattle and still has lots of energy and drive. At least an hour's exercise is needed for an adult.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The coat of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is of medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming. They do need to be brushed to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud, then it is easy to remove the dirt once it has dried.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) (Medium/long coat)

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a short, sturdy dog, that is set low to the ground. Their straight, medium or short coat is waterproof. They have a fox-like brush for a tail, and their head has the look of a fox also. They are much longer than they are tall. The coat comes in a number of colours – see the breed standard for details. Adult Cardigans stand at about 30cm and weigh 15-18kg.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) (Medium/long coat)

Origin

Records have been discovered that show that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi dog breed has existed in the UK since about 1200BC. They are thought to have been brought to Wales by the Celts and were very popular as cattle drovers. The Cardigan and Pembroke Corgis were recognised as separate breeds in the UK in 1934.

Personality

The Cardigan Corgi is an energetic little dog who needs an outdoor-loving family. This dog still has the herding instincts of its ancestors, and as such likes constant activity in his life. They do have a tendency to nip heels and chase feet.They are obedient and loyal to their family. Alert to their surroundings, they make good watchdogs in the home.

Health

The Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) is generally a very hardy breed. As with many breeds though they can suffer from hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Their body shape also makes them more prone to spinal disc disease.

Exercise

This Welsh Corgi breed requires an adequate amount of exercise – at least an hour daily - even though they only have short legs; however, they are fairly adaptable exercise wise and will fit in with family life.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The coat of the Cardigan Corgi is of short or medium length, straight and waterproof with a dense undercoat. This coat needs a small amount of time spent on grooming – about twice a week - just to remove any loose and dead hairs. If they have been out in the mud then it is easy to remove the dirt once it has dried.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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This energetic Corgi breed was originally bred to drive cattle. Today, they make loyal members of the family. To find out more, visit Purina online today.

Tibetan Spaniel

A small dog that is slightly longer than he is tall, the adult Tibetan Spaniel is around 25cm in height and weighs approximately 7-9kg. He has a silky, medium-length coat, which is smooth on the face, and feathered on the ears, backs of the legs and tail. Males have a thicker coat and 'mane' around the neck and shoulders. The coat comes in all colours and combinations.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For half an hour a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
Yes
No
Tibetan Spaniel

Origin

Bred by monks to be watchdogs in the monasteries of Tibet, the Tibetan Spaniel dog breed has never been a gundog spaniel breed, but perhaps takes its name after toy spaniels, as he was given as diplomatic gifts to royalty and nobility to whom he became a prized companion. For hundreds of years, the Tibetan Spaniel would climb monastery walls to keep a look-out, barking to alert the monks if someone approached. To this day, in the modern home, a 'Tibbie' often seeks a high vantage point in his self-appointed role as watchdog.

Personality

An active, alert little dog, the Tibetan Spaniel is reserved with strangers and utterly loyal to his loved ones. He has a happy disposition but quite an independent little soul. He doesn't like to be separated from his family for too long, however, and he can be vocal in his watchdog duties.

Health

The most common health problem affecting Tibetan Spaniels is an inherited eye disease and so eye testing prior to breeding is important.

Exercise

The Tibetan Spaniel needs about an hour's exercise each day. Do ensure that your garden is secure and check the boundaries regularly, as this breed is a renowned digger!

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The double coat consists of a fine, dense undercoat and a longer, silky topcoat. Brush and comb through the coat a couple of times a week, paying particular attention to the feathering, which is prone to tangling.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Swedish Vallhund

A medium-sized, short, sturdy dog with a body that is longer than he is tall, the adult male Swedish Vallhund stands at 33-35cm and the adult female at 31-33cm and the weight range is 11.5-16kg. The short, weather-resistant coat comes in steel-grey, grey-brown, grey-yellow, red-yellow, and red-brown. For full details of coat colour and patterns, see the breed standard.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Swedish Vallhund

Origin

Also known as the Swedish Cattle Dog, the Swedish Vallhund dog breed is thought to be almost 1,000 years old. It is believed that he is related to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, another ancient dog that was used for droving cattle. In his homeland, the Vallhund is called Vastgotaspets, meaning 'spitz of the West Goths'. Despite being such a long-established dog type, the Vallhund dog almost died out in the 1940s, but the dedicated efforts of two breeders were successful in saving the breed.

Personality

An alert, lively dog, the Swedish Vallhund is a natural watchdog. Friendly and amenable, he is a joy to train and spend quality family time with, and is a loyal companion to his loved ones. Left for too long, or not given the exercise and attention he needs, he will bark and become destructive, as many dogs would.

Health

The Swedish Vallhund is generally a healthy breed. As with many breeds, eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can arise and so eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is recommended.

Exercise

The Swedish Vallhund needs at least an hour's daily exercise and is capable of much more! He is a versatile breed that is responsive to new challenges – from herding sheep to agility.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The low-maintenance coat consists of a dense, soft undercoat and a harsh-textured, close topcoat. A weekly brush through is recommended.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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A natural watchdog, these small yet sturdy dogs love to guard their loved ones. To find out more about the Swedish Vallhund, visit Purina online today.

Swedish Lapphund

The Swedish Lapphund is medium-sized and has typical spitz characteristics – a thick, stand-off coat, a bushy tail that can curl over the back, and prick ears. The coat comes in bear-brown, black, brown or black and brown. Rectangular in shape, he is longer than he is tall, with adult males standing at 45-51cm and adult females at 40-46cm. Adults weigh 19-21kg approximately.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Swedish Lapphund

Origin

An ancient breed, archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of a dog similar to the Swedish Lapphund in its homeland, which is thought to be around 7,000 years old. Bred initially as a hunting dog, they worked with the nomadic Sami people in Lapland, herding the reindeer, and also acting as watchdogs and companions. The breed's vocal nature was selectively bred for not only detering predators and alert the Swedish Lapphund but also to reassure the reindeer that they were not a predator but their guardian.

Personality

An alert, energetic dog, the Swedish Lapphund dog breed is good-natured and loyal. He is naturally vocal and is a keen watchdog. He hates to be separated from his loved ones and has strong herding tendencies, too. If you can devote the time to him, he makes a most rewarding pet.

Health

The Swedish Lapphund is generally a healthy breed, but as with many breeds, hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can arise. Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore recommended.

Exercise

The Lapphund breed needs at least an hour's daily exercise – preferably more. He is an active dog, amenable to training, who has competed with success in the canine sports. Unsurprisingly, the cold weather does not deter him – he thrives in wintry weather – but do be sure that he doesn't overheat in warm temperatures.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The weather-resistant coat consists of a dense undercoat and a top coat that stands straight out from the body. The coat is longer on the thighs, tail, chest and 'mane'. A thorough groom, brushing down through the undercoat, is required a couple of times a week to prevent tangles and mats from forming.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Spanish Water Dog

A medium-sized robust dog with a curly, woolly coat that forms cords when long, the Spanish Water Dog breed is strong and muscular. Adult male dogs are 44-50cm tall and weigh 18-22kg; adult females are 40-46cm and 14-18kg. The coat comes in solid black, white or brown, or black and white or brown and white.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Spanish Water Dog

Origin

Woolly-coated water dogs like the Spanish Water Dog breed have existed in Europe for several thousands of years, also developing into the Barbet (in France), the Lagotto Romagnolo (in Italy) the Portuguese Water Dog. The Spanish Water Dog may have arrived in Iberia with the Moors, the Romans or with traders, and was used for herding sheep and goats in rugged areas, and for assisting fishermen in coastal areas, retrieving items lost overboard and fetching nets. Today, he does all these things, as well as retrieving waterfowl and being a sniffer dog for the police force.

Personality

A loyal, amenable, even-tempered, happy dog, the Spanish Water Dog will love his whole family, but tends to bond particularly closely with one person within his group. He has natural guarding tendencies and will bark a warning if he feels it necessary.

Health

As with many breeds, the Spanish Water Dog can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Spanish Water Dogs need at least an hour's exercise a day. This is a versatile dog, capable of herding, retrieving and swimming, he will enjoy most canine hobbies and activities. Do ensure that water areas are safe before walking near them, as he will dive in at the first opportunity. If in doubt, keep him on a lead.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

A natural-looking dog, the Spanish Water Dog's coat grows into cords as it gets longer. These cords are manually separated, to prevent the coat matting into clumps. It is not brushed or combed. The Spanish farmers would shear their dogs every spring, at the same time as doing their sheep, and from this tradition, the Spanish Water Dog is clipped all over, the same length, when the coat gets too long.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Compact, symmetrical dogs, Welsh Springer Spaniels are medium-sized and built for endurance and hard work. They have a glossy, silky, flat coat with feathering on their extremities, and are a rich red and white colour. Adult males are 48cm in height and females 46cm. They weigh 16-20kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Welsh Springer Spaniel

Origin

Red and white spaniels have existed in Wales since the 1700s. They were found mainly in Wales and the west of England before spreading to the east of England and Scotland where they were used as gundogs and for breeding. The versatile abilities and hunting instincts of the Welsh Springer Spaniel made them prime candidates for worldwide ownership and by the 19th and 20th centuries were exported abroad. Before acceptance into the British Kennel Club in 1902 the Springer Spaniel breed was known as Welsh Cockers.

Personality

Welshie's have all the soft-eyed faithfulness of the other spaniels and are totally devoted to their families. They are high-spirited, good-natured companions. They are people-orientated dogs but can be a bit reserved with strangers. They are family dogs and need company. Easily trained, a Welsh Springer Spaniel often makes a superb obedience dog and working gundog.

Health

The Welsh Springer Spaniel can suffer from hereditary eye diseases and so screening is advised. Hip testing is also recommended as hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can also occur.

Exercise

Welshies need plenty of exercise, over two hours daily for an adult. They love swimming and care must be taken to ensure their safety when water is about. They are ideal candidates for field trials.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

This breed does not need a lot of grooming but the feathering will need regular combing, brushing and trimming – two or three times a week. The ears should be trimmed regularly to prevent infections.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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