WATER-DOG (Canis aquations). Dogs of this species vary in colour, but are of the same shape and formation. The size of this variety is between the spaniel and pointer.
The jet black, with white feet, are held in the highest estimation. The head is rather round, the nose short, the ears long, broad, and pendulous; the eyes full and lively; the neck thick and short; the shoulders broad; the legs straight, the hind quarters round and firm; the pasterns strong and dew-clawed ; and the fore feet long, but round; with the hair in natural short curls. This breed, crossed with the Newfoundland, has produced a handsome, strong, and valuable kind.— The webs between the toes are larger than in most other dogs, which sufficiently accounts for the ease with which it swims, and renders it useful in hunting ducks and other water-fowl. Dogs of this breed are also frequently kept on board ship, for the purpose of sending into the water after any small article that may chance to fall overboard.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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