Standing taller than any other breed of spaniel, and with a unique coloration showing a purplish hue described as puce liver, this breed has a powerful presence. The coat is comprised of tight ringlets and is naturally oily and water-repellent. The first 10cm (4in) of tail has curly hair, whereas the rest to the tip is either bare skin or is covered with straight hair.
History of Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel may have been developed from the Portuguese Water Dog or a poodle, crossed with native Irish spaniels. The breed’s founder, Justin McCarthy, kept the breed’s origins a closely guarded secret and refused to reveal details of its precise ancestry.
This spaniel is a powerful swimmer and is large enough to retrieve game the size of geese from deep water.
Identification keys of Irish Water Spaniel
large nose, the colour of dark liver
long, oval-shaped ears
head set well above body
long curls on head
powerful, arching neck
short, straight tapering tail
V-shaped patch of smooth hair
smooth hair on front of hindlegs below the hocks
straight, powerful forelegs
Chesapeake Bay Retriever The broad skull, wedge-shaped forehead, and powerful jaws of this breed make it ideal as a retriever, and its very dense coat serves to protect it from the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay region of the USA, where it was first developed. The oily texture of the hair gives this retriever […]
Barbet The coat of the Barbet is thick and woolly, protecting the dog even from freezing water conditions. It is shiny and may be curly or wavy, with a rather becoming tasselled appearance. The Barbet has played a central role in the development of many of today’s water dogs.
Épagneul Picard This is another of the older French breeds of spaniel which displays an obvious relationship to the setters. The Picard can be distinguished by its characteristic tri-coloured appearance, with tan, liver, and white areas apparent in its coat.
History of Épagneul Picard
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever This muscular, medium- to heavy-boned retriever has a dense, water-repellent coat. The feathering is paler than the ground colour, which can be various shades of red, often with white markings.
History of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
This Retriever was developed in Canada in the […]
Old Danish Pointer By the standards of most pointers, this dog is not tall, but it is nevertheless a robust animal, well-balanced, with muscular thighs, a heavy head, and a long and powerful neck with dewlap. Its short coat is brown and white in colour, some ticking being permitted.
History of Old Danish […]