Irish Water Spaniel

Dog Description

The Irish Water Spaniel presents a picture of a smart, upstanding strongly built sporting dog. He has a wonderful temperament and unique appearance making him an enjoyable breed. A great intelligence, quick learner, fun-loving personality has earned him the title of clown of the spaniel family. He loves water and will often take a flying leap into any body of water he encounters. The tallest of the spaniels, he excels in retrieving wildfowl.

Dog Size:
Female Height:
20 - 23 inches
Male Weight
45 - 65 lbs
Female Weight:
45 - 65 lbs
Rich, dark liver
Dog Coat Type:
Dense, tight ringlets on neck, body and top part of tail; longer, curling hair on legs and topknot
Responsive, playful, inquisitive
With Children:
Will tolerate children if no rough housing occurs
With Pets:
Dog aggressive, needs to be properly introduced
Special Skills:
Hunting dog and family pet
Care Info:
Weekly grooming with a steel comb is necessary to maintain his curly coat mat free. Pay special attention to behind the ears. Some stripping of unwanted hairs is necessary, as is trimming around the feet.
Training Info:
Regular daily exercise is a necessity and he should also be given the opportunity to swim as much as possible. Needs firm handling from an early age
Learning Rate:
Living Environment Info:
Home with a fenced yard. May not be an ideal first-time buyer's dog as he needs strong leadership from early on
Health Issues Info:
Coat and skin problems., hip dysplasia, thyroid problems and seizures
Life Span:
10 - 12 Years
Litter Size:
4 -12
History Info:
It is believe the Irish Water Spaniels is the survivor of the Southern Irish Water Spaniel found in Southern Ireland and another Water Spaniel found in Northern Ireland who is believed to be similar to the English Water Spaniel. Bred as a water-bird retriever he was officially recognized in England in 1859

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