English Water Spaniel (Spanish water dog) It is a breed of dog that has been extinct since the first part of the 20th century, He was last seen in the Decade of 1930. Is of English origin.
He was very famous for his skill in hunting waterfowl and being able to dive like a duck. Described as similar to a Collie or a cross between a Poodle and a Springer Spaniel curly hair and was generally white with color stains liver or brown.
The English Water Spaniel is prior to the Irish water dog (Irish Water Spaniel). Historians of the race, They claim that they have been mentioned by Shakespeare "in his work"Macbeth”, and they believe that they have influenced genetically in several modern dog breeds, including therein to the American Water Spaniel, the Curly Coated Retriever and the Field Spaniel, Although it is unknown if the race was involved in the creation of Irish water dog.
In 1570, Dr. John Caius wrote a description of the English Water Spaniel. But the race is officially mentioned by name in 1802, "in the"Sportsman ’ s Cabinet” (organization that nuclear all hunting sports), "where described to the English Water Spaniel as a dog"natural hair is long and curly, and compact, not loose and messy”, the description was accompanied by an engraving featuring an English Water Spaniel curly hair white with liver spots. This shows that the English Water Spaniel is previous to the Irish water dog, not developed as a breed recognized until the Decade of 1830.
During the first half of the 18th century, the English Water Spaniel was used for hunting ducks in East Anglia.
The Kennel Club –initially– "I had a specific classification in which grouped all the"Non-Irish water dogs”. This standard was created specifically for the English Water Spaniel by Hugh Dalziel in one of his books dedicated to the breeds of dogs in water.
In his article published in the year 1897, Hugh Dalziel, ensured that, He did not believe that the race had become extinct, on the other hand, He claimed that there were still many race copies distributed to the length and breadth of the country, and keeping alive the race passed through motivate breeders from the most important clubs and canine committees, in the perpetuation and improvement of the breed. But later, Dalziel, He regretted the fact that while the Irish water dog charged fame, the English Water Spaniel was absorbed by other breeds of dog of water, under the eye of the most important clubs and canine committees, until you reach the extinction…
In 1967, the author John Fawcett Gordon (and politician of North Ireland) said: “After two centuries of breeding English Water Spaniel has been terminated. It has not become to see any issue over the past thirty years”.
At least, It is believed that the English Water Spaniel has left his legacy in breeds descendientes…
Some authors include within those races to the American Water Spaniel was also developed using additional genetic material of the Irish water and Flat Coated Retriever dog. The Curly Coated Retriever is considered that it has fallen from the Caniche, of the Setter, the extinct St. John ’ s Water Dog and the English Water Spaniel.
The records for the origin of the modern Field Spaniel breed are more accurate and show that one of the four dogs progenitor employed in the creation of the race was a crusading English Water Spaniel with a Cocker Spaniel officially registered as a Sussex Spaniel, due to their spots color liver. It is messy, truth?
The English Water Spaniel resembled to a version of the Springer Spaniel curly hair, with some features of the Collie, Poodle, and Setter. White hair and color liver spots (brown), they measured each 51 cm in height to the cross. They were thin, long legged some Spaniel characteristics, with the tail and long ears, White under belly and Brown dorsum. With a head long and narrow small and those long ears covered with thick and very defined curls. The body was moderately thick, barrel-shaped, but not as much as the Field Spaniel.
Due to the colors of the English Water Spaniel (liver or Brown and white), It has been suggested that the race may have been the source of the colors that have modern breeds English Springer Spaniel and Welsh Springer Spaniel.