Irish Water Spaniel
Rat Tail Spaniel

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Irish Water Spaniel
Rat Tail Spaniel

Ireland, 1800s

Companion, Water Fowl Retrieving

Life Expectancy
This breed can live as long as 12-14 years of age

Weight & Height
45 to 66 pounds & 20 to 25 inches tall

Known Health Problems
Hip Dysplasia, Thyroid Problems, Food Allergies, Ear Infections and Eye Entropian

Physical Description
This is a strong, well boned gundog. They have a large skull with a long muzzle. The nose is large and dark liver in color. The ears are long and hang down. The body is of medium length. The front leges are muscular and straight. The hind legs are also muscular and the hips are wide. The paws are large and round and the tail is rat like, set low and carried level with the back.

Gentle, calm & faithful. This breed is good with children and is easy to train however they can be stubborn. They may be reserved with strangers and also may show aggression with other dogs. They are intelligent and eager to please their owner given proper training.

The Irish Water Spaniel needs a firm trainer who will be consistant and confident.

Living Conditions
Needs a large space to run so they are not suitable for apartment living. They would do best with an active owner in a rural or suburban home.

1 hour of trimming weekly is needed to keep curls in top condition

This breed needs alot of exercise and should be taken on daily walks. They also love to swim and should be given plenty of opportunity to enjoy the water.

Coat Texture
The coat is curly

Coat Colors

Dark Liver

4-12 pups per litter. Pups need to be socialized from birth with people and other dogs.

Continental Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club


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Irish Water Spaniel Breeders

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