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A Few Surprises and the Buzz About Welsh Springer Spaniels

“One of my favorite things about being involved with dogs is whelping and raising puppies.” So writes Senior Editor Christi McDonald who learned about whelping from her mother, and who always finds something new to learn with every litter. Today Christi shares the surprising stories of one Toy Poodle’s self-sufficiency and the cooperative efforts of two Norwich Terrier dams.

The distinctively red and white Welsh Springer Spaniel is a hunting dog of ancient origin. Dogs of similar color and conformation are depicted on medieval tapestries, where their similarity to today’s dogs is rather remarkable. Discover some of the distinguishing features that have supported this Celtic character’s survival into the modern age.

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Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

My Favorite Things: Surprises That Come With Raising Dogs
By Christi McDonald

One of my favorite things about being involved with dogs is whelping and raising puppies. There’s nothing like holding those wriggling babies in your hands for the first time, hearing their first little cries, seeing those beloved dams nurturing their own, then watching them grow and develop over the following few months. more



Breeder Buzzwords – The Welsh Springer Spaniel
By Dan Sayers

The secret of the Spaniel’s appeal is really no secret at all. Good looks, a beguiling expression and an unbridled enthusiasm characterize the breeds that comprise one of the dog world’s most enduring families of gun dogs.

During the 15th century, dogs with feathered coats and dependable noses were used to assist falconers in pursuit of partridge and other fowl. These versatile performers worked on land and in the water, happily flushing their way into the hearts of gentlemen hunters on both sides of the English Channel. more



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