This largest of spaniels is regarded as unique not only for its size but also for its liver-colored curly coat and distinctive tapered “rat-tail”. Their lineage can be traced back to the 7th and 8th centuries AD and there were dogs in Southern Ireland in the 1100’s known as Shannon Spaniels, Whip-Tail Spaniels, and Rat-Tail Spaniels. One type of “Water Spagnel” was described as having abundant curly hair and tail that was bare. Complementing their singular looks is their comical, intelligent personality. They delight in exploring their world and pleasing their owner. They are easy to train but still need plenty of exercise to keep them feeling healthy and entertained. Their hypoallergenic coats require regular brushing at least every two weeksand benefit from a trimming every couple of months to keep their coat looking its best.