Irish Water Spaniel Puppies & Dogs
The only survivor of the two Irish Water Spaniels and called, in some other times, Southern Irish Water Spaniel, is the tallest Spaniel. It was specialized in retrieving the feather hunt, hurt by shotgun in the water.
The unmistakable curly hair of this Spaniel gives it a funny air that contributes to increase its charm. Dynamic and great partner, it loves fun times and caring gestures. As any other hunting dog, it needs to exercise and keep busy and, even when it is a good pet, it tends to be kind of obstinate if it is not trained from a very young age.
The helmet formed by long and thick loose curls decorates its skull, making a contrast with the short and straight hair that covers the muzzle. Its oily coat, dark liver in color, sometimes with purplish reflections, should never be wooly, but formed by well braid little sails. Small, almond eyes. Oval ears, hanging pretty close to the face. Short tail that gets progressively refined until finishing in a vertex that the dog uses as a rudder to move in the water. Big, rounded and pretty hairy feet.
Squared body, with the thorax in the shape of a barrel. The way this breed walks is very characteristic.
- LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 years.
- PHYSICAL EXERCISE: Intense.
- MAINTENANCE: Considerable.
- LEVEL OF NOISE: Noisy.
- HEALTH PROBLEMS: It is convenient to rule out hip malformations.
- HEIGHT: 51 – 58 cm.
BREED RECOGNIZED BY THE CANINE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION (CIF)