Health & Welfare

A small proportion of Welsh Springers are affected by hereditary defects. Fortunately these affect only a few dogs and all Welsh Springer Spaniel Club members are made aware of these conditions via the Club’s Yearbook and Newsletters. As a breed the Welsh Springer Spaniel is no less healthy than any other and the open information policy ensures that breeders are kept well informed of developments.

The breed now has a Joint Health Group formed in 1994 to monitor the health of the breed and to seek specialist help in dealing with known health issues. Delegates of all the UK Breed Clubs pool information for the good of all.

                                                                                     Guide to Microchipping  

 From 6th April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations  applicable to their country of residence.

As of that date, keepers of dogs and puppies over the age of eight weeks must also have registered their pet’s microchip details on one of the authorised databases. These databases are run by private companies, and not by the government or the council.

To check if the site you have been given to register the microchip is valid please go to or Please be aware of unauthorised sites.

Dog keepers are required to keep their pet’s details up to date with the database under the new law.

As well as being microchipped, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag with the keeper’s name and address on it when in a public place.

Keepers who do not get their dog microchipped and registered may face a fine.

The only exceptions to this law for pet dogs are those who a vet believes should not be chipped for health reasons.

Your breeder will give you instructions on how to do this, including the website address and a transfer code. Your breeder must be the first registered keeper of your dog and you will need to amend the information held by the registration site, regarding your dog, to your own name and address

If you have to re-home your dog with someone else, you must give the new keeper the correct microchip registration paperwork so that they can contact the database and register as the dog’s new keeper.


Related Pages:

Joint Health Group
WSS Rescue and Rehoming
Puppies Available