Water Dogs

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This section contains three breeds that were originally bred to hunt waterfowl in marshes and boggy terrains. Each breed is not only different in the way they hunted, but they also developed in countries completely isolated from one another. These breeds are the Water Spaniel of Ireland, the Tolling Retriever of Canada, and the Lagotto which first developed in the Romagnolo region of Italy. The Lagotto more recently became specialized to find truffles. We have also included in this section a couple of other breeds of water dogs from Europe.

Irish Water Spaniel stamp

Irish Water Spaniel

A relic from the past, the Irish Water Spaniel is not your conventional Gundog! Unique with his barrel shaped body giving him a characteristic roll when he trots, his large, spreading, hairy feet, his hairless 'rat tail', and his oily, curly, rich dark liver coat, he is the only remaining British Water Spaniel among today's pure breeds. »» Read more...

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

One of our more recent pure breeds, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is smallest of all Retrievers. He was developed in Nova Scotia, Canada for the special purpose of duck tolling, by resembling a Red Fox not only in appearance, but also by copying the Red Fox's hunting behaviour. The enticing of ducks to come within shooting distance of ... »» Read more...

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Lagotto Romagnolo

An ancient Italian medium-sized water dog, the Lagotto is a very ancient breed. Developed in Italy in one of the earliest cradles of civilization, perhaps he was in the background of many ancient Water Dogs like those described by Gervase Markham in his book 'The Art of Fowling' (1655 AD). By the mid-1800's the Lagotto was used almost exclusively for ... »» Read more...

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Other Water Dogs

Here we have two other Water Dog breeds recognized by the FCI but not yet recognized here. Firstly we have the Spanish Water Dogs pictured. These dogs are 30 - 40 cms tall and come in solid white, black and chestnut in their different shades or bicoloured that is white and black or white and brown in different shades. Their ... »» Read more...


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