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Tweed Water Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Tweed Water Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited Kingdom
Other Names
What other names does the Tweed Water Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
Tweed Spaniel, Ladykirk Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Tweed Water Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Tweed Water Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Tweed Water Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Tweed Water Spaniel price:
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Tweed Water Spaniel is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.

History

The Tweed Water Spaniel finds its origins in Scotland, from the early 19th century. The breed is thought to be originated from other water dogs from around the same area of the Berwick sea in Scotland. Initially, the native Scottish people mixed different water dogs. Later, the descendants of these early dogs were considered to be cross-bred with the Newfoundland Dog and with the Saint John’s Water Dog.

The first written document was made by Richard Lawrence, in 1816, about the Tweed Water Spaniel, where he wrote about the origins of the breed. Later, the tale of the Tweed Water Spaniel’s existence was recorded in a document written by Stanley O’Neil in the late 19th century. Stanley O’Neil was a knowledgeable and respected retriever breeder and author back in the day, and he stated that his first encounter with the breed happened while Scottish fishermen were netting for Salmon fish. The dogs helped them bring the larger nets to the shore. Mr. O’Neil described the Tweed Water Spaniel as a curly and brown-coated dog, resembling more of a retriever than a spaniel.

According to some sources, the Tweed Water Spaniel is simply the original, more traditional, and the earlier version of today’s known Golden Retriever, nevertheless this theory was proven to be false. For the reason that the full breeding procedure of the Golden Retriever was carefully planned and therefore documented. The original Tweed Water Spaniel’s coat was black or brown in the breed’s early days, but towards the end of the 19th century, some specimens started to develop a lighter-toned, golden, or occasionally yellow fur. These specimens were thought to be bred by Sir Dudley Majoribanks, also known as Lord Tweedmouth. It is widely accepted that three Tweed Water Spaniels were mixed and bred in order to develop the Golden Retriever. The new yellow Tweed Water Spaniel named Belle was crossed with a wavy coated specimen of the breed, named Nous. Their litter produced four puppies named, Primrose, Ada, Crocus, and Cowslip and each of them had golden wavy fur, the perfect mixture of the parent breeds. Shortly after, these puppies become known as Golden Retriever ones.

Because of the increasing popularity of the Golden Retriever, the Tweed Water Spaniel’s population numbers are started to decline, and by the beginning of the 20th century, this old breed got completely replaced by the Golden Retriever.  Breeders neglected to preserve and save the Tweed Water Spaniel. Hence the excellent water dogs have totally vanished, and they remained only in the stories of Stanley O’Neil.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Tweed Water Spaniel size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Tweed Water Spaniel weigh? Tweed Water Spaniel weight:
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Tweed Water Spaniel? Tweed Water Spaniel average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Tweed Water Spaniel? Tweed Water Spaniel height:
Male: 20-24 inches (51-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Tweed Water Spaniel average height:
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Tweed Water Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
CurlyThickFeathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Tweed Water Spaniel's coat?
LiverBrown
Grooming
How to groom the Tweed Water Spaniel and how often?
Average: The Tweed Water Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Tweed Water Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Tweed Spaniel? Tweed Water Spaniel shedding level:
Tweed Water Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tweed Water Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IntelligentCourageousEnergeticAgileFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tweed Water Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Tweed Water Spaniel's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Tweed Water Spaniels are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Tweed Water Spaniel is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tweed Water Spaniel sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Tweed Water Spaniels don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Tweed Water Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Tweed Spaniel need? Tweed Water Spaniel social needs:
Tweed Water Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Ladykirk Spaniel bark?
Average: The Tweed Water Spaniel barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Tweed Water Spaniel good as a watchdog?
Tweed Water Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tweed Water Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Tweed Water Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Tweed Water Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Tweed Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Tweed Water Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Tweed Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tweed Water Spaniel do?
Tweed Water Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tweed Water Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Tweed Water Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Tweed Water Spaniel roam?
Tweed Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Tweed Water Spaniel have high prey drive?
Tweed Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Tweed Water Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Tweed Water Spaniels are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Tweed Water Spaniels adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Tweed Water Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Tweed Water Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Tweed Water Spaniels are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tweed Water Spaniel and children:
Tweed Water Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Tweed Water Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Tweed Water Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Tweed Water Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Tweed Water Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Tweed Water Spaniels good office dogs? Do Tweed Water Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Tweed Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Tweed Water Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Tweed Water Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tweed Water Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Tweed Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a boat dog?
Yes
Tweed Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have health problems?
The Tweed Water Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Tweed Water Spaniel be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tweed Water Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tweed Water Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Tweed Water Spaniel have?
Tweed Water Spaniels are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs require per day?
Tweed Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Tweed Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Tweed Water Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Tweed Water Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Tweed Water Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Tweed Water Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Tweed Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Tweed Water Spaniel drool?
The Tweed Water Spaniel is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Tweed Water Spaniel pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Tweed Water Spaniel pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Tweed Water Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Tweed Water Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Tweed Water Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Tweed Water Spaniel

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Tweed Water Spaniel's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Tweed Water Spaniels are very easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tweed Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: Tweed Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Tweed Water Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniels are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Tweed Water Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Tweed Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Tweed Water Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tweed Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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