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 flagUnited Kingdom
Other Names
What other names does the Tweed Water Spaniel have?
Ladykirk SpanielTweed Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Tweed Water Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Tweed Water Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Tweed Water Spaniel in the United States? How much money is a Tweed Water Spaniel?

Where to buy a Tweed Water Spaniel with a good pedigree?

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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Tweed Water Spaniel? How many Tweed Water Spaniel are there in the world?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Tweed Water Spaniel Size

Size
Is a Tweed Water Spaniel small, medium or large dog?

How big do Tweed Water Spaniel get?

What is the average size of a Tweed Water Spaniel?

Large
Weight
How much does the Tweed Water Spaniel weigh? How much should a Tweed Water Spaniel weight? What is the normal weight of a Tweed Water Spaniel? How much does a full-grown Tweed Water Spaniel weight?
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Tweed Water Spaniel?
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)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Tweed Water Spaniel?
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Tweed Water Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Tweed Water Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
CurlyThickFeathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Tweed Water Spaniel coats?
LiverBrown
Grooming
How to groom the Tweed Water Spaniel and how often? How often should I take my Tweed Water Spaniel to the groomer?
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 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 Ladykirk Spaniel? Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs shed a lot?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Tweed Water Spaniel need a bath? How often should you give a Tweed Water Spaniel a bath? Can I bathe my Tweed Water Spaniel every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Tweed Water Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tweed Water Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IntelligentCourageousEnergeticAgileFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tweed Water Spaniel? Is the Tweed Water Spaniel breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Tweed Water Spaniel is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Tweed Water Spaniel?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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 Spaniel dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, 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? Is a Tweed Water Spaniel a good family dog?
High: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs 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 Ladykirk Spaniel need? Tweed Water Spaniel social needs:
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

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? Are they alert at night?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tweed Water Spaniel dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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 its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Tweed Water Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Ladykirk 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Tweed Water Spaniel has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Tweed Water Spaniel? How much bite force does a Tweed Water Spaniel have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Tweed Water Spaniel bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Tweed Water Spaniel, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tweed Water Spaniel do?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tweed Water Spaniel dogs need to be taught 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 Spaniel dogs 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 Spaniel dogs 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? Can you have a Tweed Water Spaniel in an apartment?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Tweed Water Spaniel breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Tweed Water Spaniel indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Tweed Water Spaniel be left alone? How long can you leave a Tweed Water Spaniel alone?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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.

Tweed Water Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Tweed Water Spaniel temperament with other people:
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
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 Spaniel dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tweed Water Spaniel temperament with children:
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Tweed Water Spaniel breed live with a cat?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tweed Water Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Tweed Water Spaniel breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs good office canines? Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they 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 Ladykirk Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Tweed Water Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Tweed Water Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.

Tweed Water Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Tweed Water Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Tweed Water Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Tweed Water Spaniel see the vet?
Average
The Tweed Water Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs live? How old can a Tweed Water Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the Tweed Water Spaniel? How many years can the oldest Tweed Water Spaniel live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Tweed Water Spaniel?

How long is the lifespan of a Tweed Water Spaniel?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Tweed Water Spaniel: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tweed Water Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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? What is the activity level of the Tweed Water Spaniel?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Tweed Water Spaniel need? How much exercise do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs require per day?

Do Tweed Water Spaniel dogs need a lot of exercises?

Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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 the Tweed Water Spaniel breed need?
Tweed Water Spaniel dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Tweed Water Spaniel need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Tweed Water Spaniel breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Tweed Water Spaniel? How much food should I feed my Tweed Water Spaniel?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
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.

Tweed Water Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tweed Water Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Tweed Water Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Tweed Water Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Tweed Water Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Tweed Water Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Tweed Water Spaniel pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Tweed Water Spaniel breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Tweed Water Spaniel breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Tweed Water Spaniel have? How many puppies can a Tweed Water Spaniel give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Tweed Water Spaniel Recognition

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.

Tweed Water Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are very easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Tweed Water Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Tweed Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Tweed Water Spaniel breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Tweed Water Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Tweed Water Spaniel dogs 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.

Tweed Water Spaniel History

Where does the Tweed Water Spaniel come from?

The Tweed Water Spaniel finds its origins in Scotland, in the early 19th century.

 

Which dogs are descendants of the Tweed Water Spaniel?

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.

 

First notes, origin

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.

 

Appearance, history of breed change

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.

The reason is 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.

 

How did the Tweed Water Spaniel become extinct?

Because of the increasing popularity of the Golden Retriever, the Tweed Water Spaniel’s population numbers 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.

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