Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel


Irish Water Spaniels are thought to be rare and are the tallest of all the Spaniels. They were first bred in the middle 1800s in Ireland. Their main use was for retrieving game on land and from the water. These dogs were very popular in 1875, but as the years went by, they were replaced by the Labrador Retriever. Now, Irish Water Spaniels are rare and hard to find.


Irish Water Spaniels must have a lot of exercise daily. They love hunting, retrieving, swimming, long walks and family activities. These dogs shouldn't live in apartments. Since they love outdoors, they're happiest in the country or the suburbs with access to a large yard.


The Irish Water Spaniel is a high maintenance dog that needs a lot of grooming. They must have a daily brushing to prevent tangles. It's essential that their coat is professionally trimmed on a regular basis. Bathing should only take place when totally needed, and only a mild shampoo should be used to keep the coat's natural oil intact. Health concerns with hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and hypothyroidism. They may also drool and slobber.


The Irish Water Spaniel is part of an ancient breed. They're energetic, active and make excellent companions. They're strong and rugged. These are sporting dogs that are alert, bold and curious. They're often thought of as the Spaniel family clown.


The most identifying trait of Irish Water Spaniels is their coat. Most of their body is covered with hair in tight ringlets. Their face, ends of the back legs and tail all have smooth short hair. Their coat is a solid brown color with a crisp texture. The top coat is curly and lined with a thick underneath coat. This serves as to protect them from icy water. There's a top-knot of curls that hang down over the eyes to protect them. They're very light shedders.


Irish Water Spaniel dogs are very smart, devoted and confident. They must have attention and belong to the entire family. These dogs adore contact with humans and are well suited for families that older, well behaved children. If they're introduced properly, they'll do fine with other pets. These are usually quiet dogs that bark only when it's necessary. Irish Water Spaniels are reserved, protective and cautious with strangers. They aren't aggressive, though. These dogs are joyful and show an enthusiasm for life.


Because the Irish Water Spaniels are so eager to please, they learn a lot of things. They can, however, be somewhat stubborn and independent. Socialization and obedience should be conducted at a very early age. They respond best to fair, consistent and firm training techniques. These dogs get bored quickly with repetition so they need to have short and varied sessions. Family members need to show these dogs who's in charge or they'll refuse to adhere to commands.