Irish water spaniel
This breed was among the original nine breeds recognized by American Kennel Club in 1884. It has been referred to as the “Shannon spaniel,” the “whip-tail spaniel,” and the “rat-tail spaniel.” Distinguishing characteristics include long, loose curls on the head, dense curls on the body, and a smooth face. This ancient breed is a natural water dog. Irish water spaniels are devoted to their family and cautious around strangers. They are impressive dogs and possess an endurance quality which makes them equally agile in the water and in the field.