Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Spaniel (Welsh Springer)


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
28.07.2009.
KC
September 2007

UTILISATION

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FCI
Flushing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 2Flushing Dogs
With working trial

KC
Gundog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Symmetrical, compact, not leggy, obviously built for endurance and hard work. Quick and active mover, displaying plenty of push and drive.
KC
Symmetrical, compact, not leggy, obviously built for endurance and hard work. Quick and active mover, displaying plenty of push and drive.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Very ancient and distinct breed of pure origin. Strong, merry and very active.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Very ancient and distinct breed of pure origin. Strong, merry and very active. Kindly disposition, not showing aggression or nervousness.
KC
Kindly disposition, not showing aggression or nervousness.

HEAD

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KC
Skull of proportionate length, slightly domed, clearly defined stop, well chiselled below eyes. Muzzle of medium length, straight, fairly square. Nostrils well developed, flesh coloured to dark.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Of proportionate length, slightly domed. Well chiselled below eyes.

Stop

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FCI
Clearly defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Flesh coloured to dark, nostrils well developed.

Muzzle

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FCI
Of medium length, straight, fairly square.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Hazel or dark, medium size, neither prominent, nor sunken, not showing haw.
KC
Hazel or dark, medium size, not prominent, or sunken, or showing haw.

Ears

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FCI
Set moderately low and hanging close to cheeks. Comparatively small and gradually narrowing towards tip and shaped somewhat like a vine leaf.
KC
Set moderately low and hanging close to cheeks. Comparatively small and gradually narrowing towards tip and shaped somewhat like a vine leaf.

NECK

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FCI
Long, muscular, clean in throat, neatly set into sloping shoulders.
KC
Long, muscular, clean in throat, neatly set into sloping shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Not long, strong and muscular. Length of body should be proportionate to length of legs.
KC
Not long. Strong and muscular. Deep brisket, well sprung ribs. Length of body should be proportionate to length of leg. Loin muscular and slightly arched. Well coupled.

Loin

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FCI
Muscular and slightly arched. Well coupled.

Chest

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FCI
Deep brisket, well sprung ribs.

TAIL

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FCI
Previously customarily docked. Well set on and low, never carried above level of back. Lively in action.
Undocked Feathered. In balance with the rest of the dog.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Well set on and low, never carried above level of back. Lively in action. Undocked: Well set on and low, never carried above level of back. Lively in action. Feathered. In balance with the rest of the dog.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs of medium length, straight, well boned.
KC
Forelegs of medium length, straight, well boned.

FORELEGS

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FEET

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KC
Round, with thick pads. Firm and cat-like, not large or spreading.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, with thick pads. Firm and cat-like, not large or spreading.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and muscular, wide and fully developed. Hindlegs well boned.
KC
Strong and muscular, wide and fully developed with deep second thighs. Hindlegs well boned, hocks well let down, stifles moderately angled, neither turning in nor out.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderately angled, neither turning in nor out.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Deep.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Smooth, powerful, ground covering action; driving from rear.
KC
Smooth, powerful, ground covering action; driving from rear.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Straight or flat, silky texture, dense, never wiry or wavy. Curly coat highly undesirable. Forelegs and hindlegs above hocks moderately feathered, ears and tail lightly feathered.
KC
Straight or flat, silky texture, dense, never wiry or wavy. Curly coat highly undesirable. Forelegs and hindlegs above hocks moderately feathered, ears and tail lightly feathered.

COLOUR

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FCI
Rich red and white only.
KC
Rich red and white only.

SIZE

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KC
Approximate height: dogs: 48 cms (19 ins) at withers; bitches: 46 cms (18 ins) at withers.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 48 cm (19 ins) at withers.
Females 46 cm (18 ins) at withers.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.