Dog Breed Profiles

Irish Water Spaniel

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Ireland, water bird retriever. 
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 Years 
Color
Rich, dark liver. 
Coat
Dense, tight ringlets on neck, body and top part of tail; longer, curling hair on legs and topknot; face, rear of tail, and back 
Exercise Needs
Regular daily exercise is a necessity and he should also be given the opportunity to swim as much as possible. 
Temperament
The Irish Water Spaniel is responsive, playful and inquisitive. A great intelligence, quick learner, fun-loving personality has  
Good with Children
Will tolerate children if no rough housing occurs. Dog aggressive, needs to be properly introduced. 
Grooming Needs
Weekly grooming with a steel comb is necessary to maintain his curly coat mat free. Pay special attention to behind the ears. So 
Average Size - Male (in)
22 - 24 
Average Size - Female (in)
21 - 23 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
55 - 65 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
45 - 58 
Health Issues
Coat and skin problems., hip dysplasia, thyroid problems and seizures.v
Living Conditions
Home with a fenced yard. 

Breed 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. 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. 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.

Breed Infobits

The Irish Water Spaniel is an active dog that will thrive on regular exercise and is very happy to perform retrieving tasks.

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