The English Springer Spaniel

As their name implies, the English Springer Spaniel originally hails from England. The ancestors of today's spaniels originally came from Spain and made their way to England in the middle Ages. Until the early 19th century, there was little distinction between the spaniel breeds. At one time English Springer Spaniels and English Cocker Spaniels were born in the same litter. The larger of these ... Read more

The Irish Water Spaniel

Justin McCarthy developed Irish Water Spaniels in Ireland in the 1830s. Unfortunately, Mr. McCarthy did not leave breeding records so the exact breeds used to make the Irish Water Spaniel can only be speculated on. Irish Water Spaniel enthusiasts believe that Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Barbet and the now extinct English Water Spaniel may have been used.

When out hunting, Irish Water ... Read more

The Munsterlander

The Large Munsterlander originally hails from the Munster region of Germany. The breed's ancestors can be traced back to the 1800s and at that, time was considered a variety of German Longhaired Pointer. In the early 1900s they were recognized as their own breed and in 1919 the first Large Munsterlander club was formed and the breed received officially recognition from the United Kennel Club. T... Read more

The Barbet

The Barbet is also known as the French Water Dog, Barbette or the Griffon D'arrt a Poil Laineux. It is a very old breed that originally hails from France. They are the ancestors of many of today's popular breeds like the Poodle, Newfoundlander, American Water Spaniel, Briard, and the Griffon breeds.

The Barbet can be traced back to the 14th Century where they were used as hunting dogs a... Read more

The Spinone Italiano

The Spinone Italiano or Italian Spinone in North America is an extremely old breed whose ancestors can be traced back to 500 BC. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is believed they were developed in the Piedmont region of Italy. They were originally developed to be all-purpose hunting dogs, and are one of the oldest hunting dogs in existence. They were used to hunt, point and re... Read more

The Pudelpointer

The Pudelpointer originally hails from Germany and was developed in the 1880s. They get their name from the two types of dogs that were used to develop them - the Poodle or Pudel and the Pointer. Baron von Zedlitz created the breed by crossing German Hunting Poodles with English Pointers. His goal was to create a breed that would make extraordinary hunting dogs and home watchdogs and companions... Read more

The Kooikerhondje

The Kooikerhondje is a very old breed, dating back at least 400 years. Over the years, they have been known by many names; the Kooiker, Kooiker Dog, Dutch Decoy Dog, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog and the Kooiker Hound. Unlike many breeds that evolve and change over time, the Kooikerhondje has remained virtually unchanged over the last 400 years.

The breed originated in the Netherlands in th... Read more

The Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel was developed in the United States, in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina. The father of the breed was a stray spaniel type dog named “Dumpy” who possessed extraordinary hunting skills. The dog was given to L. Whitaker Boykin, who was an avid hunter. He developed the breed by breeding Dumpy to a variety of hunting dogs ranging from Springer Spaniels, Pointers, Ches... Read more