English Springer Spaniel

This is probably the prototype of the whole of the sporting Spaniel family. Some of the earliest records speak of the “Springing Spaniel,” and he is no doubt a contemporary of the “Setting Spaniel,” the two dogs doubtless being the only Spaniels in existence at one period. They were probably much the same in type […]

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel, unlike the field varieties, is free from any abnormalities, being a rationally built and symmetrical little dog, full of buoyancy and beaming with intelligence, and of tireless energy. Those features and characteristics in the dog account for his popularity. As to his origin there is the same mystery, but little doubt exists […]

Curly Coated Retriever

The Curly-coated Retriever is a much older breed than the Flat-coat, which has to a great extent displaced him in the affections of the public. The Flat-coat has a Setter or Spaniel ancestry, while the progenitor of the Curly-coat was undoubtedly a Poodle, a breed at one time plentiful in England and used for sporting […]

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a compatriot of the Newfoundland, and although they have played an important part in the evolution of the Flat-coated Retriever, one of the most important sporting dogs in Britain, they have never succeeded in attracting much attention to themselves. The Labrador is a sort of Smooth-coated Newfoundland in disposition and character, […]

Spaniel Family

The Spaniel Family names borne by this family of beautiful dogs indicates that the parent stock came from Spain. In response to special environment or to gratify the fancy of breeders, or bred to serve useful purposes, they have since divided into several important groups. Just when the Spaniel came to England it is impossible […]

Flat Coated Retriever

There are three varieties of the Retriever-the curly-coated, the flat coated (formerly described as the wavy-coated), and the Labrador. The first and last named are the two oldest varieties, the flat-coated dog being of modern manufacture-in all likelihood the product of the two, with a splash of Spaniel, Newfoundland, or Setter. As to the real […]

Chesapeake Bay

These splendid retrievers are the only sporting dogs which have a clear claim to the distinction of being absolutely American. They are native to the shores of the historic Chesapeake Bay, and have a racial tree that considerably antedates the period of dog shows. There are a number of stories in regard to their origin. […]

Irish Water Spaniel

As to the origin of the Irish Water Spaniel there is very little authentic information. Mr. McCarthy seems to have been one of, if not the first, exhibitor of the breed and a successful one, although the Irish Water Spaniel was previously kept largely in Ireland for sporting purposes and a valued member of “Ireland’s […]

Griffon

The Pointing Griffon is distinguished from the Griffon Hound, from which he undoubtedly sprang. They are mentioned as far back as the sixteenth century, and paintings and drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth represent them practically as they are today. The celebrated artist, Percival L. Rosseau, who has had much to do with their introduction […]

English Setter

The English Setter is one of the handsomest of sporting dogs. Their abundant coats give them an advantage over the Pointer in facing cold, wet, windy weather, or brambles and briers in a rough country. Their admirers also claim they possess more dash and vim, do not thicken up so quickly with age as the […]