The Whiptail (Irish Water Spaniel) It is a water dog and one of the oldest breeds of Spaniel dog. in addition, is one of the rarest, being known, times, as the “clown” of the Spaniel.
Although all the theories of origin of the race point to Ireland, the origin of the breed remains unknown. It is possible that more than one of the oldest breeds of Spaniel are involved in its origin, but it is something that is not known for sure.
There is no knowledge of the ancestors of the Irish Water Spaniel, as the father of the breed, Justin McCarthy from Dublin, left no records of this.