When you buy a Welsh Springer Spaniel from a breeder, do yourself a favor, and ensure you are buying from a reputable breeder. This person should be able to supply you with documents you’ll need regarding a dog’s well-being. Health clearances shouldn’t be a problem and you should always ask for them. Ask the questions, read the reviews!
In addition, you can help your cause out by using common sense preventative measures. Measures like: vaccines, routine maintenance of your dog, daily or weekly inspections of your dog. You can also take them to the veterinarian occasionally to ensure your Welshie’s health.
If you do the above, there’s no reason to believe your Welsh Springer Spaniel can’t live between 12 to 15 years.
Something pet owners fear is the malformation of the hip joint, Hip Dysplasia. This condition can create trouble for your dog’s ability to work or recreational time. Lameness, discomfort and pain are the common symptoms. According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, the Welsh Springer Spaniel has a 11.5% dysplastic rating. This isn’t as bad as other breeds, but does give room for pause. At 103rd worst on the OFA’s list, the Welshie ranks among the Malamute, Beauceron and Irish Setter.
Similarly, but with the elbow, which is Elbow Dysplasia, the abnormal growth of the elbow can complicate the breed’s health as far as lameness, discomfort and pain concerns. It can also invite osteoarthritis down the line. The OFA ranks the Welsh Springer Spaniel 99th worst among the Weimaraner, Black & Tan Coonhound and Boykin Spaniel. Out of 1,000 plus evaluations, the breed’s dysplastic rating is 1.7.
Where trouble come to the door is Hypothyroidism or issues with the thyroid gland. A lack of hormonal production can cause problems with the coat and the dog’s overall energy. Lethargy, weakness, lack of appetite can occur when the dog is stricken with this complication. According to the OFA’s ranking system, the breed ranks 12th worst in the thyroid department of 114 breeds. This puts them among the Tibetan Mastiff and Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The other areas of concern seem to exist within the eyes. Entropion, which is when the eyelid rolls inward causing the dog irritation due to the rubbing against the cornea. This may require surgery to correct if it worsens. Cataracts is easy to detect due to the fact that a dog’s eye will cloud up around the lens. This leads to night blindness at first and can proceed further to complete blindness. Glaucoma is also an area of concern for the breed that can lead to blindness and pain.
Other issues include epilepsy, dental problems with tartar buildup and infections, as well as Otis Externa, which is inflammation of the external ear canal.