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Welsh Springers - “My ideal WSS is strong, merry and active, flowing from tip of nose to end of tail and balanced throughout.  Even in the show-ring I like to see evidence of a biddable, merry temperament displayed. I like to see substance but also quality, and the exhibit to be of standard size, or within half an inch either way, with strong bone, without any hint of cloddiness, and rounded, well-padded feet to protect against thorns and rough terrain.  I like to see a well-balanced head with nicely rounded, not too heavy flews, and adequate stop with chiselling below the eyes, which should have a kind, biddable expression. I like neat ears, not set too low, which tends to give a settery look. Well-laid shoulders are necessary to enable the dog to run at speed with his nose to the ground, twisting and turning to scent, and well-developed ribbing to give plenty of heart and lung room. I like to see generous hindquarters with good width and depth of first and second thighs to push the body through heavy cover. The arch over the loin and a generous ‘bum’ is necessary to display true type, and aid propulsion. The coat should be within the parameters of ‘rich red and white’ and the exhibit should ideally be presented to best advantage in terms of condition, trimming and showmanship. I like to see a feminine bitch and a masculine dog with neither giving the excuse for coarseness or fineness”.

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