The older of
the two United Kingdom breed clubs; the Sporting Irish Water Spaniel Club was
originally formed in 1908 under its President Lady Dunleath. The Club ran
several breed confined Field Trials over a few years but then seems to have
disappeared, presumably with the onset of the First World War
On 14th May 1989, an inaugural meeting was held at Newbury in Berkshire with the
purpose of reforming this historic Club. Now able to boast a membership of over
180 people, members include professional gamekeepers and field trialers, the
top handlers in the breed for two decades in the United Kingdom in both field
trials and gundog working test and owners who rough shoot, pick –up and beat
with their Irish Water Spaniels. It is the only breed club in the world solely
catering for the welfare of the working Irish Water Spaniel.
achieved Kennel Club recognition as a breed club in 2004 and was awarded Field
Trial status in 2009. The Club is extremely proud to have the current Lord
Dunleath as Patron and was honoured to welcome him to the centenary working
weekend at Chillington Hall in 2008.
As a rapidly
growing Club, it is true to say that most people seriously interested in the
IWS as a working gundog are members of the Club.
Katy the only Irish Water Spaniel to have been awarded both prestigious F.T. trophies by the I.W.S.A and I.W.S.C for her A.V. Open Stake win in Ireland.