Dog Breed profiles
Irish Water Spaniel Breed Profile
Irish Water Spaniel fact file
KC Group: gundog
Good with children?: seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: lots
Good guard dogs?: would bark
Moulting level: low
Jogging partner: yes
Almost human-like! The Irish Water Spaniel is a very intelligent dog that requires a lot of attention, plenty of walks and ideally something to do. In return, it will give love, devotion and plenty of fun.
Irish Water Spaniel Character
Loyal, obedient, wanting to please and be with you. A little aloof with strangers and perhaps more of a one-man dog than family pet. A good watch dog. The Breed Standard describes them as "Initially aloof, staunch and affectionate; with an endearing sense of humour and a stable disposition."
Irish Water Spaniel Size
The Breed Standard stipulates the height for dogs at 53-58cm, bitches 51-56cm.
Irish Water Spaniel Health
A healthy breed, with few breed-specific problems. Hip Dysplasia can occur, as can skin allergies. Lifespan is 14 years.
Irish Water Spaniel Special Care
They like to be with their owner and they need stimulation.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.