Irish Water Spaniel Dog Breed Information


Irish Water Spaniel Quick Facts
Irish Water Spaniel
Breed Group: Sporting
Origen: Ireland
Nickname: Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog
Weight: 45-65 lbs
Height: 21-24 inches
Color(s): Solid Liver


Irish Water Spaniel Appearance

The Iris Water Spaniel is a medium size muscular dog, with a keenly alert expression. They are considered the clown of the Spaniel family. The body is slightly rectangular with a large head and long deep muzzle. Their eyes are relatively small and almond shape. Eye color can be warm tone of medium to dark brown. The ears are long and well feathered with black tips. The tail is low set and "rat-like".

The Iris Water Spaniel has a long curly top coat and a warm thick undercoat that protects them in cold conditions. The coat is shortest at the face with a topknot of curls on top of the head. The colors can be solid liver or dark brown shades. The weight of the Iris Water Spaniel is around 45-65 pounds and the height is around 21-24 inches.

Irish Water Spaniel Temperament

The Iris Water Spaniel is playful, alert, and inquisitive. They also have a smooth temperament and are smart, willing to please and easy to train. They are good with children but sometime reserved with strangers. Early socialization and training is necessary if you are planning to have the dog as a family pet or around other animals.

Is Irish Water Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

Iris Water Spaniels is an active dog that is not recommended for an apartment living. They need at least an hour of strenuous exercise every day. The Iris Water Spaniel is a hunting dog by nature, they also enjoys swimming and retrieving. They need a great amount of mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy. This breed may drool and slaver.

Irish Water Spaniel Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Iris Water Spaniel is around 10-12 years.

Irish Water Spaniel Health problems

The Iris Water Spaniel is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are Hypothyroidism, ear infections, eye problem, seizures, food allergies and hip dysplasia. This breed can be sensitive to sulfa drugs.

Irish Water Spaniel Care and Grooming

The Iris Water Spaniel requires a great amount of grooming. He needs to be brush one or twice a week with a stiff bristle brush to prevent matting. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Their ears should be check at least ones a week to avoid infections. Some clipping and trimming are advice every month or two for optimal look.

Irish Water Spaniel Shedding

The Iris Water Spaniel sheds a little to no hair, therefore may be suited for those with allergies.