Irish Water Spaniel
Size: Medium / Large
Weight: 45 - 65 lbs.
Height: 21" - 24"
Life Span: 12 - 14 years
Health Problems: Hypothyroidism; eye entropion; ear infections; chronic drooling
Origin: Ireland (1800s)
Also Known As: Parti-colored Setter
Category: Companion Dog, Retriever, Field Trials
The Irish Water Spaniel needs a daily swim, walk, romp or play. Retrieving and field trial activities are ideal for this breed.
The Irish Water Spaniel has a curly, dense coat with a tendency to get matted. Professional grooming is required. This breed is a low shedder, so it's a good option for owners with allergies.
This breed is a faithful and attentive hunting companion and pet. The Irish Water Spaniel prefers to be outside, rather than being an inside house pet. This breed is ideal for active families interested in bird hunting, swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities. These dogs have a protective nature, they are guarded with strangers. The breed does well with children and other pets, as long as they are properly introduced. This dog tends to be obedient with those family members who have established leadership, but may ignore the commands and calls of others that it perceives as weak.
Compatibility with Kids
Good with children.
It is unclear how the Irish Water Spaniel came into existence. Some believe that Portuguese fishermen visiting Ireland introduced the Portuguese Water Dog to the region, and it was later crossed with the Standard Poodle, Irish Setter or Curly-Haired Retriever.
The Irish Water Spaniel has a waterproof coat, powerful muscles and extreme stamina, which makes it suitable for lengthy hunting expeditions. The breed is known for daring fowl retrieval attempts in freezing waters.