Irish Water Spaniel

Country of origin: Ireland
Registries: AKC, UKC
Occupation: Hunter, retriever
Size: 21 to 24 in tall; 45 to
65 lbs
Longevity: 11 to 13 years
Exercise: Daily exercise
Training: Moderate; socialization
Grooming: Difficult
Colors: Rich dark liver

The Irish Water Spaniel shows the influence of some curlycoated European water dogs, but exactly which is not known for sure. It might have been the Barbet or the Poodle, or possibly a Portuguese Water Dog brought to Ireland by sailors. This highly distinctive spaniel has a virtually waterproof coat, tremendous stamina, and Olympic swimming abilities, all making it ideal for winter work in wide river estuaries. Although it is gentle, quiet, and faithful, it has never become popular as a house dog, perhaps due to its apparently boundless energy, which makes it an excellent companion for hikers.



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