The History of Spaniels

Tibetan SpanielTibetan Spaniel

Red and White SpanielRed and White Spaniel

Sporting Spaniels (1800) Sporting Spaniels (1800)


Old Water SpanielOld Water Spaniel

King Charles Spaniels 1890King Charles Spaniels 1890

Clumber and Sussex Spaniels (1890)Clumber and Sussex Spaniels (1890)

English SpringerEnglish Springer

Early PekingeseEarly Pekingese

American Cocker SpanielAmerican Cocker Spaniel

The History of Spaniels traces the history and development of 13 Sporting and Toy Spaniels and their divergence into separate breeds.


The History of Spaniels is designed as both a fascinating reference and informative guide for dog judges, Spaniel enthusiasts and dog lovers around the world.

The DVD covers the development of Spaniels to give a historic perspective and understand the modern day characteristics and comparisons between Spaniels.

All pictures on this page appear in the actual footage of 'The History of Spaniels'.

Running time: 32 minutes


The DVD covers the following topics:


  • Early History
  • First Spaniel types
  • Water Spaniels and their connection with the Barbet
  • Irish Water Spaniels

Land Spaniels (Sporting)

  • Muzzle loading guns
  • Field, Clumber and Sussex Spaniels
  • Welsh and English Springers
  • American Cocker and Cocker Spaniels

Toy Spaniels

  • Distinction between Toy and Sporting Spaniels
  • Cavalier King Charles
  • King Charles Spaniels
  • European Toy Spaniels - Papillon & Phalene
  • Asian Toy Spaniels - Japanese Chin, derivation of the modern Pekingese
  • Tibetan Spaniel


DVD Review

Spaniels enjoy a long and well-documented history, which is highlighted in Rangeaire Vision's video 'THE HISTORY OF SPANIELS'. It is an excellent review of the modern breeds available, which is strongly supported by substantial and interesting historical comment.

Don't be fooled by the modern usage of the word 'Spaniel' to think this video only discusses the Gundog breeds. The producers have also taken the time to investigate the companion breeds, such as the Cavalier, Papillon and many more. In fact you will see modern footage of some of the world's most successful show ring dogs in a comprehensive range of breeds, plus glorious paintings and prints from many centuries past.

This is a visually rich video, the narrator (Jane) speaks at a moderate pace, making it easy to understand every word. There's ample time to examine the lovely old artwork and the show ring scenes, which allows the viewer to see the breeds that are available today in pristine surroundings.

For those interested in the Spaniel and associated breeds, the Rangeaire Vision video is excellent value and a good introduction to the history of this exquisite family of dogs.

Jan Irving, Erinveine Clumber Spaniels (est 1958), Berwick Victoria

Customer Comments

I just wanted to let you know we enjoyed the videos very much, they were very informative. I'm sure we will watch them many times over. Also we received them so quickly (delivered in one week), I was very surprised since they were sent all the way from Australia!

Naiza Woodleif, Davie Florida USA