water spaniel


: a spaniel of either of two breeds:

Examples of water spaniel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1850s and ’60s, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks began crossing flat-coated retrievers with Tweed water spaniels (both of which contain Labrador retriever ancestry) at his estate, Guisachan, selecting for light-colored dogs. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 21 Sep. 2023 The American water spaniel is thought to be the only dog breed native to Wisconsin, credited to New London physician Fred J. Pfeifer. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023 The first litter of golden retrievers was born in 1868 to a Tweed water spaniel, a breed now extinct, and yellow flat-coated retriever. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 Further studies in 1994 uncovered a fluffy white dog at the boy’s feet—possibly the artist’s own English water spaniel, Tristram. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water spaniel was circa 1559

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“Water spaniel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20spaniel. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

water spaniel

: a rather large spaniel of either of two breeds with heavy curly coats
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