Welcome to Ivywild and our WSS-loving world! Last update: June 22, 2016
RIP to our beloved Ivy. Benton Ivy Garden May 11, 2000 - August 26, 2015 Above: Faye with Ivy on the beach June 2015. Our last vacation together.
Above: "Finley", Ivywild's Crimson Captivation - isn't he a "Salty dog of Maine"!?
Above: Laci (Left) and her daughter Ivy (Right) swimming in Ivy's pond in Pine Plains, NY
Welcome to Ivywild Welsh Springer Spaniels! We are proud to share our dogs, history, breeding philosophy, and information about Welsh Springer Spaniels in general. My first Welsh Springer Spaniel came into my life in 1982. I have loved them ever since! The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a wonderful, loving companion, and can make a forever friend. They truly want to be part of the family! We think they are pretty special. - Faye
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is an ancient breed, bred almost exclusively in Wales until the end of the 19th century. It may have been originally called the Welsh Spaniel, but was also known as the Welsh Cocker. It was recognized in the UK by The Kennel Club, after the breed had gained popularity, in 1902 under the name Welsh Springer Spaniel. Until then it was shown alongside the English Springer Spaniel. It had been transported to America in the late 1800s and gained recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1906.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized, active, loyal, and affectionate breed. Some might be "reserved" with strangers, but should not be timid, shy, or unfriendly. The breed is well known for being affectionate to all members of the family, and accepting other pets of the household with a friendly, playful attitude. They can be very clingy toward their owners earning them their nickname "velcro dogs."
The breed is a quick learner but is sometimes "deaf to commands", especially if there is something more interesting in the environment. With correct training, they can become very obedient dogs.
The Welsh Springer was bred for work and endurance, and as such needs exercise to keep healthy and content. Without adequate exercise, a dog may become bored and design its own (usually destructive) means of keeping busy, often to its owner's displeasure.
For more information, please visit our parent club, The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America
Faye & Wes have been members of WSSCA since 1996