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Irish Water Spaniel

General Description

The Irish water spaniel is ruggedly built to do the job of a hunting dog and also has webbed toes to aid in its powerful swimming. Powerful but not overly large, these dogs are well-balanced. Males are 22 to 24 inches tall and weigh 55 to 65 pounds, and females are 21 to 23 inches tall and weigh 45 to 58 pounds.

Character and Temperament

Clownish, inquisitive, quick, intelligent, alert and active


two hrs per day.


Many breed histories maintain that the Irish Water Spaniel resulted from two liver-colored water spaniels: the now-extinct wavy-coated North Country Water Spaniel from the north of Ireland, which had longer legs, shorter ears, and a feathered tail; and the curly-coated Shannon Spaniel from the south and west of Ireland


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