Dede whelps her first litter
and "Ziva" picking up
05 Feb 2017
Puppies at 4½ weeks old
04 February 2017
Puppies at 3 weeks old
24 January 2017
Introducing our latest addition "Cybil" also known as
Islacairn Precious Pearl at Kirkmarsh and born on 29 January
Bred by Ian and Jackie Hill in Keith she is a descendant of
our Swedish import Liz, our home bred Mr Doyle and Melvyn's
beloved home bred Teasel.
Above, Cybil with Denise 07 April 2016 and below Denise on
the left and on the right Ursula Wilcox, the breeder of
Cybil's mother on Good Friday 2016.
Welcome to the Kirkmarsh Irish
Water Spaniels' web site, where you can find out a little
about us, our dogs and what we do.
We own and occasionally breed IWS and our passion is to use
them in the shooting field, predominantly for picking up on
formal game shoots but also on Grouse moors. We also use
them competitively in retriever (the IWS is classified as a
retriever) gundog working tests and the occasional field
trial. We also enter the odd show as do some of our
Our water spaniels are bred for temperament, for working in
the shooting field, competitive gundog tests and trials but
most of all they are bred to be great companions with
fantastic personalities. Our owners too use them for a wide
variety of activites: picking up, beating, wildfowling,
deer stalking, mink tracking but also competitive flyball,
showing or just taking part in an active family life.
dogs we now use for breeding are all hip scored, elbow
scored and have annual eye tests. In addition, mating
considerations are checked against a breed database and
genetics program to ensure we achieve low levels of
Our current dogs come from the United States, Sweden,
Ireland and homebred by us in the UK.
We devote most of our time and energy to the breed,
including the promotion of the IWS in the UK.
We occasionally have puppies available and would be
delighted to talk to you about the Breed and whether it is
suitable for you.
Melvyn & Denise Hurst
Left is our American import boy,
Yeates (Ballyhoo's Quarry Seeker at Kirkmarsh) on picking up
duty during the 2015/2016 shooting season.
Below is Denise's Dede
(Kirkmarsh Green Charmer) picking up during 2015 and 2016.
Above right is Melvyn's Ziva (Mizenhead
Dream at Kirkmarsh) on a walked up shoot day
Photos to the left courtesy
Showing the Kirkmarsh IWS team in the Galloway Gundogs team
gundog working test. Melvyn with Ziva and Yeates, Denise
with Sophie and Joy Waddington (in hat) with Bann.