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- Irish Water Spaniel -

Description: Description comming soon!
Height: 20 - 23 inches
Weight: 45 - 65 lbs.
Colors: 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 of legs below hocks smooth.
Temperament: Responsive, playful, inquisitive.
With Children: Will tolerate children if no rough housing occurs.
With Pets: Dog aggressive, needs to be properly introduced.
Special Skills: Hunting dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: High
Guard-dog: Medium - Low
Care and Training: Weekly grooming with a steel comb is necessary to maintain his curly coat mat free. 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 and he should also be given the opportunity to swim as much as possible. Needs firm handling from an early age.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High
Activity: High
Living Environment: Home with a fenced yard. May not be an ideal first-time buyer's dog as he needs strong leadership from early on.
Health Issues: Coat and skin problems., hip dysplasia, thyroid problems and seizures.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 4 -12
Country of Origin: Ireland
History: 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. Bred as a water-bird retriever he was officially recognized in England in 1859.
First Registered by the AKC: 1878
AKC Group: Sporting
Class: Gundog

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