English Water Spaniel

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Breed Type



10-15 years


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 534
Origin United Kingdom
Other Names English Water Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Medium
Weight Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg),
Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Height Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm),
Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Lifespan 10-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companion
Date of Origin 18th century
Ancestry Unknown

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Curly, Waterproof
Coat Colors Dark Brown, Reddish
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Brown, Amber, Gold
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Tan
Coat Color Possibilities Liver, Brown, Golden, Red, Black, Silver, Blue, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, comb, shedding blade, mat rake, undercoat rake, dematting tool.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Energetic, Intelligent, Productive, Trainable, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Yes
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3.5 cups
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the English Water Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies (Once a year.)


The English Water Spaniel is a medium-sized breed of dog that is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and good looks. This breed has been around since the 1800s and is still popular today. The English Water Spaniel has a unique appearance with its curly coat and long ears. It also has a strong, muscular body that makes it an excellent swimmer.

The Lifespan of the English Water Spaniel is between 10 to 12 years. The Size of the breed ranges from 15 to 18 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 30 to 45 pounds. The Colors of this breed can be black, liver, or brown with white markings on their chest and feet.

The Personality of the English Water Spaniel is friendly and loyal to its owners but can be wary of strangers at first. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners and learn quickly when trained properly. They are also very active dogs that need plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy and happy.

English Water Spaniels are generally friendly with other dogs, children, cats, and other animals if they have been socialized properly from an early age. They do not do well in homes where there is too much chaos or noise as they prefer peace and quiet in order to feel secure in their environment.

The Temperament of the English Water Spaniel is alert yet gentle which makes them great family pets as they will protect their family if needed but will not be overly aggressive towards strangers or other animals unless provoked or threatened first.

The Health of the English Water Spaniel is generally good but like all breeds they can suffer from certain health issues such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, ear infections, skin allergies, hypothyroidism etc., so regular vet checkups are recommended for this breed in order to keep them healthy throughout their life span .

The Adaptability level for this breed is high as they adjust easily to new environments if given enough time to get used it it first before being expected to perform any tasks or activities within it . The benefits of having an English Water Spaniel as a pet include having a loyal companion who loves spending time with you , being able to take them swimming due their excellent swimming abilities , having an intelligent dog who learns quickly when trained properly ,and having a protective yet gentle pet who will look after your family when needed .


The English Water Spaniel is a breed of dog that was once popular in England, but is now on the brink of extinction. The breed is thought to have originated in the early 1800s, and was used for hunting waterfowl. The English Water Spaniel was recognized as a distinct breed by the Kennel Club in 1903. However, the breed's popularity declined in the early 20th century, and by the 1970s there were only a handful of English Water Spaniels left in the world. The breed has since made a slight comeback, but remains very rare.

The English Water Spaniel is thought to be descended from the Irish Water Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel. The breed was first brought to England in the early 1800s by sportsmen who were interested in hunting waterfowl. The English Water Spaniel quickly became popular among hunters, as they were excellent at retrieving game from water. In 1903, the Kennel Club recognized the English Water Spaniel as a distinct breed.

However, the English Water Spaniel's popularity began to decline in the early 20th century. This was due to a number of factors, including the rise of other breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, which were better suited for retrieving game on land. Additionally, many hunters began using shotguns instead of rifles, which made dogs with shorter legs less useful. By the 1970s, there were only a handful of English Water Spaniels left in existence.

The breed has made a slight comeback since then, thanks to dedicated breeders who have worked to increase its numbers. However, the English Water Spaniel remains very rare, and is currently classified as "vulnerable" by the Kennel Club.