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Irish Water Spaniel Dog Breed Puppy Ads
Breed Group: Gundog Group Height Male: 22 to 24 inches (56-61 cm)
Breed Size: Large Height Female: 21 to 23 inches (53-58 cm)
Breed Origin: Ireland Weight: 45 to 65 lbs (20-29 kgs)
The Irish Water Spaniel is a large dog, and although sturdy also has a cuddly, huggable appearance because of his dense, poodle-like coat. The coat is made up of tight curls on some parts of the body and looser curls on other parts. These dogs also have a distinctive curly topknot, and long ears that frame his face beautifully. Another distinctive feature of the Irish Water Spaniel is his webbed feet. The face of these dogs is smooth, and they have an intelligent, if somewhat distant, expression. The coloring of the Irish Water Spaniel is solid liver. In terms of height the Irish Water Spaniel reaches around 21-23 inches for females, and 22-24 inches for males. These dogs weigh in at 45-60 pounds for females and 55-65 pounds for males.

The tallest of the spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel is a fun loving, amiable, and somewhat clownish dog. These dogs are bold, highly intelligent, and quick to learn, which makes training easy. They can, however, also be rather obstinate, opinionated, and sensitive, which makes them best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership. The personality of the Irish Water Spaniel can vary from one individual to another, but by and large these dogs are eager to please their owners, enjoy play and activity, and have inquisitive and curious natures. The energy level of the Irish Water Spaniel can be very high as a puppy, but tends to decrease to more moderate levels as the dog grows older. The Irish Water Spaniel can be very protective, which makes him an effective watchdog. Some can also be reserved or sharp, which makes early socialization important.

The Irish Water Spaniel, as the name suggests, loves water and is known to be a very efficient retriever when it comes to wildfowl. These dogs will get along well with children, particularly children that they have been brought up with, but tend to be wary around strangers. When it comes to other pets some Irish Water Spaniels can be aggressive, particularly with other dogs - again early socialization is an important consideration if you have other pets.

The Irish Water Spaniel originates from Ireland, and enjoys a long history. These dogs were bred to retrieve water birds. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1878.
The life expectancy of the Irish Water Spaniel is around 10-12 years, and although a relatively healthy breed in general there are a few health problems to look out for. If you are considering the purchasing a Irish Water Spaniel puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases.
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Irish Water Spaniel

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