English Water Spaniel
Inglaterra Extinct



English Water Spaniel (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 Curly-coated Springer Spaniel and was usually white with liver or brown spots.

The English Water Spaniel is prior to Irish Water Spaniel (Whiptail). 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 Spaniel.

In 1570, the 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 they describe the English Water Spaniel like a dog "natural hair is long and curly, and compact, not loose and messy”, the description was accompanied by an engraving in which a English Hair Spaniel white with liver spots. This shows that the English Water Spaniel is prior to Irish Water Spaniel, not developed as a breed recognized until the Decade of 1830.

During the first half of the 18th century, the English Water Spaniel It was used for hunting ducks in East Anglia.

The Kennel Clubinitially– "I had a specific classification in which grouped all the"Non-Irish water dogs”. That standard was created specifically for the English Water Spaniel by Hugh Dalziel in one of his books dedicated to the races of water dogs.

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, regretted the fact that while the Irish Water Spaniel became famous, the English Water Spaniel was absorbed by other breeds of spaniel, 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 the English Water Spaniel has become extinct. 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 its legacy in descendant races ...

Some authors include within these races the American Water Spaniel which was also developed using additional genetic material from the Irish Water Spaniel and of the Flat-coated Retriever. The Curly-coated Retriever is considered to have descended from Poodle, of the Setter, of the extinct St. John’s Water Dog and of the English Water Spaniel.

The records for the origin of the modern breed Field Spaniel are more precise and show that one of the four parent dogs used in the creation of the breed was a English Water Spaniel crossed with a Cocker Spaniel officially registered as a Sussex Spaniel, due to their spots color liver. Is it messy, truth?

Physical characteristics

The English Water Spaniel looked more like a curly-haired version of the Springer Spaniel, with some features of the Collie, Pudelhund, and Setter.

White hair and color liver spots (brown), they measured each 51 cm in height to the cross. They were thin, long-legged characteristics of some Spaniel, 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 breed may have been the source of the colors that modern breeds have English Springer Spaniel and Welsh Springer Spaniel.

Alternative names:

  • Water Dog, Water Rug
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      I just have a range of 8 Springer spaniel white and Foix and 2 are white and sand color that should I do thank you
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