The Irish Water Spaniel is a dog breed of Irish origin, known for its distinctive appearance and excellent aquatic hunting skills.
Males generally measure between 53 and 59 cm at the withers, while females measure between 51 and 56 cm. The average weight varies between 20 and 30 kg.
The Irish Water Spaniel has a well-proportioned, muscular and robust body. The back is strong and straight, the chest is deep and the limbs are powerful.
The most distinctive feature of this breed is its waterproof, curly coat. The coat is dense, curly and water resistant. The typical coat color is a combination of liver (brown) and red tones. The head and lower limbs are often shaved.
The head is proportionate to the body, with a rather broad skull. The muzzle is of medium length, and the nose is generally liver colored.
The eyes are medium sized, almond shaped, amber to dark brown in color.
The ears are medium to large in size, well set and hanging down. They are covered with curly hair.
The Irish Water Spaniel is renowned for its intelligence, liveliness and affection towards its family. He is an energetic and enthusiastic dog. As a hunting dog, it particularly excels at aquatic hunting, retrieving objects from water with ease. Because of his energy and enthusiasm, he can excel in various dog sports such as agility, obedience, and even water jumping competition.
This breed has moderate to high exercise needs. She benefits from mentally and physically stimulating activities, such as swimming, running and interactive games. The Irish Water Spaniel is generally a healthy breed. However, like all breeds, he can be prone to certain health conditions, including hip problems.
Due to its waterproof coat, the Irish Water Spaniel is well suited to aquatic activities and hunting in humid environments. It can make an excellent family dog for those who enjoy outdoor activities and have time to devote to training and exercise.