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Tweed Water Spaniel

Other experts believe that this dog, the Tweed Water Spaniel, contributed to the modern Golden Retriever. An 1833 article in The British Sporting Magazine refers to a "long famous" variety of athletic brown dogs in the English town of Norham, on the River Tweed. Decades later, the 1897 book, British Dogs: Their Varieties, History, Characteristics, Breeding, Management, and Exhibition, describes this breed as a small Retriever with a liver-colored, curly coat and a long tail. The breed dwindled at the end of the 19th century, when the Lord of Tweedmouth bred Tweeds into a line of yellow dogs that is said to have become Golden Retrievers.

(Credit: John Carlton ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons,

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