The Irish water Spaniel is said to be the hybrid of the Poodle and Irish Setter, and is considered to be the largest among the spaniels. Belonging to the retriever group, the dog was earlier used for retrieving in highlands in England and Ireland. Later, in the 19th century, the dog gained popularity in the United States as a skilled duck hunter. For its matchless swimming ability, the dog is still used as a retriever even in glacial settings.
The breed is identified as the largest of the spaniels. Its head is slightly larger in proportion to the body with a domed skull. The dog has strong and squared muzzle. The upper coat is rugged with brown curly hair and the undercoat is thick enough to resist even the frosty climate. It has long ears and is characterized with deep and narrow chest that makes swimming quite effortless for the dog.
deep puce, dark brown or liver color
The Irish Water Spaniel belongs to those of freethinkers and is lovable, though with its tough attitude. The breed is a quick learner and masters tricks quite easily, as the dog loves to please its owner. Clever and audacious, the breed has steady temperaments, but can be violent towards other breeds if not properly socialized from an early stage itself. Moreover, this breed makes an excellent watchdog.
The dog has a tendency to develop hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Eye entropion and ear infection are common in the Irish Water Spaniel. The breed has a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
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