Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Ireland
Group: Sporting dog
Height: 22-24 in.
Weight: 55-65 lbs.
Life span: 10-12 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes with early socialization
Good with other pets: yes with early socialization

What is the origin of the Irish Water Spaniel?

Irish Water Spaniels, one of the oldest of the Spaniel breed, may date back to the 1100s. By the mid 1800s, a dog named Boatswain influenced the breed greatly and became known as the forebear of today’s Irish Water Spaniel.

What does the Irish Water Spaniel look like?

The Irish Water Spaniel is 22-24 inches tall and weighs 55-65 lbs. depending on gender. The top of the head is covered with long, loose curs. Ears are low-set, long and hanging. Eyes are almond-shaped and hazel in color. The tail is similar to a rat’s tail, covered with curls at the base only and tapers to a point. The coat is medium length, covered with tight ringlets and sheds very little. Color is liver with a purple hue. The coat needs combing 2-3 times a week. It may need trimming every few months.

What is the temperament of the Irish Water Spaniel?

The Irish Water Spaniel is an intelligent, curious dog. They can be stubborn, so early positive training is necessary. They learn quickly and are very alert. Socialized early they are good with children. They can be reserved with strangers. These Spaniels have lots of energy and love to run and play. As their name indicates, they should have access to a place where they can swim.

What is the Irish Water Spaniel used for?

While they are retrievers, they are gentle, loving family companions.

Possible Health Issues

Otitis externa, hip dysplasia, distichiasis (eye disorder), seizures, megaesophagus, nailbed disease, sensitivity to Ivermectin and sulfa drugs.

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