Tweed Water Spaniel

The Tweed water spaniel, also known as the Tweed spaniel or the Ladykirk Spaniel, is a breed of domestic dog that went extinct in the nineteenth century. This breed is thought to have been developed near the River Tweed, close to the borders of Scotland, and was most likely created by breeding the St. John’s water dog with local dogs, although this cannot be proven. This breed is known for helping develop the golden retriever and curly coated retriever breeds.

The Tweed water spaniel was a small dog that resembled the Irish water spaniel in shape, with a curly coat that was typically dark red in color. Its ears were droopy, like those of a hound, and feathered fur occurred along the ears and forelegs. The breed was known for its sporting skills and intelligent nature.

Image Caption: “Water Spaniel” painting by John Carlton (1864). Credit: John Carlton/Wikipedia