Scottie Westfall

Scottie Westfall is a native West Virginian who now lives in the backwoods of Central Florida. A long-time admirer of retrievers, he writes extensively about dog history at He is passionate about studying the significance of dogs in human culture as well as their own evolution as a domestic animal.

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Historical illustration of the Large Water Spaniel
Water Spaniels – Origins, Development and Modernization

Explore the fascinating history and evolution of water spaniels, from their origins in the British…

Long-Coated St. John’s Water Dog
The Long-Coated St. John’s Water Dog

Tracing the origins of Flat-coated and Golden Retrievers through the extinct dog breed, the Long-Coated…