Irish Water Spaniel

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Irish Water Spaniel History

The Irish water spaniel is a small, short-legged, waterproof, agile, gundog. The coat of the Irish water spaniel is dense, silky, and flat, and comes in many colours, including liver, black, white, orange, tan, and brindle.

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Irish Water Spaniel Physical Characteristics

The Irish Water Spaniel is a small, short-legged breed that is typically between 16 and 20 inches at the shoulder and between 30 and 45 pounds in weight. They are known for their curly, water-repellent coats and they have a black, white, and brown, or black and white, pattern. They have a wavy, hard, wiry outer coat that protects them from the water and a plush, furry undercoat. They have long, floppy ears and they nearly always carry their tail in a curled position. They are smart, energetic, and friendly dogs that are extremely active, loving, and affectionate.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

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Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 68 lbs

Female Weight Range: 45 – 58 lbs

Irish Water Spaniel Health

Description of breed health.


12-13 yrs

Irish Water Spaniel Health Concerns

Entropion, Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Otitis Externa, Entropion, Eye Problems, Hypothyroidism

Irish Water Spaniel Temperament and Behaviour

The Irish Water Spaniel is friendly and outgoing, and get along well with children, other dogs and cats. They are kind and gentle, but can sometimes be shy or timid. Irish water spaniels are high-energy dogs and need lots of exercise and playtime to be happy and healthy.

Irish Water Spaniel Activity Requirements

Irish Water Spaniels are a small, beautiful water-loving dog. They are generally friendly, affectionate, and gentle. Irish Water Spaniels are not high-energy, but they do enjoy a good walk. They are a hunting and sporting dog, so they are happy to chase a tennis ball or take a swim. Because Irish Water Spaniels are generally calm and gentle, they are well suited to apartment or condo living. They do need daily walks, but they don’t need much space in which to play. Because they require less exercise and can be prone to weight gain, they are not the best match for very active people. If you are looking for a high maintenance, high energy dog, the Irish Water Spaniel may not be for you.

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Activity Per Day


Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Irish Water Spaniel is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Irish Water Spaniel is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Irish Water Spaniel is part of the Gundog group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Irish Water Spaniel is part of the Sporting group.

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