Thinking about purchasing an Irish Water Spaniel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Irish Water Spaniel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Irish Water Spaniel owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Irish Water Spaniel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Irish Water Spaniel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Irish Water Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Irish Water Spaniel Profile
The Irish Water Spaniel
presents a picture of a smart, upstanding strongly built sporting dog. They
are large dogs, riding high on their long thighs and low hocks. They are the
tallest of the spaniels. Hidden in a forest of tight, curly ringlets for fur
are two dark hazel eyes. They have a strong, square body and a whip-like tail,
earning them the nickname of “Whip Tail”, “Rat Tail” and “Rat Tail Spaniel”.
Irish Water Spaniels have a wonderful temperament and a unique appearance, making
them an enjoyable breed. They have a greatly intelligent, quick learning, fun-loving
personality that have earned them the title of "clowns of the spaniel family."
Owners insist that this breed has a sense of humor. Irish Water Spaniels love
water and will often take a flying leap into any body of water they encounter.
Irish Water Spaniels excel in retrieving wildfowl. They are good guard dogs
and excellent retrievers. Irish Water Spaniels are reserved with strangers,
however, making them good watchdogs as well. They are not friendly with other
dog breeds, and need socialization for most of their lives.
Names: Rat Tail
Spaniel, Rat Tail, Whip Tail
20 - 23 inches; Males: 21 – 24 inches.
dark, solid liver.
Irish Water Spaniels are responsive, playful, and inquisitive. They have a quizzical
appearance, and interested in what’s around him. Irish Water Spaniels are friendly
and fun with family, often having a sense of humor. They are discerning with
strangers, however, and will look them over. They are not friendly with other
dogs, and need to be socialized and trained to overcome this. They get along
fine with children, are gentle, faithful and loving. They love exercise, and
absolutely love to swim. Irish Water Spaniels are intense, intelligent and self-willed.
They can be shy or snappy in new situations or around new people.
High. Irish Water Spaniels are alert and aware of their surroundings.
Irish Water Spaniel Care and Training:
Weekly grooming for Irish Water Spaniel with a steel comb is necessary to keep
their curly coat mat free. However, it is not as much work as one might think.
Pay special attention to behind the ears. Some stripping of unwanted hairs is
necessary, as is trimming around the feet. Regular daily exercise is a necessity
for Irish Water Spaniels and they should also be given the opportunity to swim
as much as possible. Needs firm handling from an early age, as well as training
and socialization for life.
High. Irish Water
Spaniels have a lot of energy.
Irish Water Spaniel Health Issues:
Hip and elbow dysplasia, and thyroid problems. Other health concerns include
coat and skin problems, seizures, sensitivity to sulfa drugs, and food allergies.
10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
Registered by the AKC:
Irish Water Spaniels
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