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Irish Water Spaniel Puppies
The Irish Water Spaniel presents a picture of a smart, upstanding strongly
built sporting dog. They are large dogs, riding high on their long thighs
and low hocks. They are the tallest of the spaniels. Hidden in a forest of
tight, curly ringlets for fur are two dark hazel eyes. They have a strong,
square body and a whip-like tail, earning them the nickname of “Whip Tail”,
“Rat Tail” and “Rat Tail Spaniel”. Irish Water Spaniels have a wonderful temperament
and a unique appearance, making them an enjoyable breed. They have a greatly
intelligent, quick learning, fun-loving personality that have earned them
the title of "clowns of the spaniel family." Owners insist that this breed
has a sense of humor. Irish Water Spaniels love water and will often take
a flying leap into any body of water they encounter. Irish Water Spaniels
excel in retrieving wildfowl. They are good guard dogs and excellent retrievers.
Irish Water Spaniels are reserved with strangers, however, making them good
watchdogs as well. They are not friendly with other dog breeds, and need socialization
for most of their lives.
Names: Rat Tail
Spaniel, Rat Tail, Whip Tail
Females: 20 - 23 inches; Males: 21 – 24 inches.
Irish Water Spaniels are responsive, playful, and inquisitive. They have a
quizzical appearance, and interested in what’s around him. Irish Water Spaniels
are friendly and fun with family, often having a sense of humor. They are
discerning with strangers, however, and will look them over. They are not
friendly with other dogs, and need to be socialized and trained to overcome
this. They get along fine with children, are gentle, faithful and loving.
They love exercise, and absolutely love to swim. Irish Water Spaniels are
intense, intelligent and self-willed. They can be shy or snappy in new situations
or around new people.
High. Irish Water Spaniels are alert and aware of their surroundings.
Weekly grooming for Irish Water Spaniel with a steel comb is necessary to
keep their curly coat mat free. However, it is not as much work as one might
think. Pay special attention to behind the ears. Some stripping of unwanted
hairs is necessary, as is trimming around the feet. Regular daily exercise
is a necessity for Irish Water Spaniels and they should also be given the
opportunity to swim as much as possible. Needs firm handling from an early
age, as well as training and socialization for life.
Water Spaniels have a lot of energy.
Hip and elbow dysplasia, and thyroid problems. Other health concerns include
coat and skin problems, seizures, sensitivity to sulfa drugs, and food allergies.
10 - 12 years.
AKC Group: Sporting
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 8), KC(GB), UKC
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