This breed is more spread in England, Australia and New Zealand and it is the result of the crossbreedings between the Newfoundland, Irish Water Spaniel, Poodle and the English Water Spaniel - old type, currently extinct.
It is a medium- to large-sized dog, well built, strong, long rather than tall. It has a long, big skull, with a trapezoidal muzzle equal in length to it and a black nose. The eyes are quite big, brown or black. The ears are relatively small, covered with curly hair, pointed and drooping. The tail is conical, of medium length, covered with curly hair, kept high up to the backline. The fur is waterproof, curly, except for the face and the legs and is black or dark red to brown.
This dog is intelligent, energetic, jolly and noisy. It is obedient and devoted to its master, loving and patient with children if they don't annoy it too much, it is pretty cautious with strangers. Generally it gets along well with other dogs and other animals from the household.
The fur will be brushed during the shedding period to remove dead hair, but not too hard not to destroy the texture of the fur. Sometimes, after brushing, the fur can be sponged wet to make it curly again. If it grows too long it can be slightly trimmed.
This dog is resistant to weather changes, it has a rather high level of activity, it likes to exercise, to be kept busy, otherwise it can become disobedient. It likes canine sports, especially field ones, swimming and playing fetch. It feels best in a fenced yard where it can move freely. It needs socialization and training.
With a firm, consistent, varied training, without being rough or severe, one can obtain good results soon enough, because this dog is intelligent, it understands quickly and wants to please its master, even if it has an independent side and males are more dominant than females.
It's a hunting dog that does well on any field, a good watchdog and a lovely companion.