The Sporting Irish Water Spaniel Club History


The SIWSC is 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 for a few years, but then seems to have disappeared, presumably with the onset of the First World War.

On 14th May 1989, Martyn Ford & Tony Whiteford initiated an inaugural meeting at Newbury, Berkshire for the purpose of reforming this historic Club. Able to boast a membership of over one hundred and fifty, its founder members include gamekeepers, professional gundog trainers and field trialers, the top handlers in the breed for three decades in the United Kingdom in both field trials and working tests, and owners who rough shoot, pick-up and beat with their Irish Water Spaniels, and is the only breed club in the world solely catering for the welfare of the working IWS.

The current Lord Dunleath is our Patron. With a rapidly growing membership, it is true to say that, most people seriously interested in the IWS as a working dog are members of the Club.

Written by Martyn Ford