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Irish Water Spaniel


Irish Water Spaniel profile

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Lifespan: 10-12 Years

Avg height: 51-58cm.

Avg weight: 30kg

Coat type: Curly, dense, coat forming ringlets of an outer coat with a dense undercoat, making them largely waterproof.

Coat colours: Brown.

Originally bred for: Retrieving game.

Breed traits: Gentle, faithful, headstrong, alert, active.

A little about the Irish Water Spaniel


With a coat designed to withstand cold water and marshes, the Irish Water Spaniel is a great companion on outdoor adventures, sometimes nicknamed 'The Bogdog'. Whilst they can be exuberant and require consistent training, they are also kind and loyal. 



The Irish Water Spaniel is a sturdy breed and major health concerns include ear infections (Otitis Externa) and Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia. More rarely they can be predisposed to diseases such as Megaoesphagus, Hypothyroidism, Seizures, and diseases of the nail bed. It is also worth noting that this breed may be sensitive to some drugs, eg. Ivermectin.

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.