Non-sporting Breeds

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 21-24 in (53-60cm) Bitch: 20-23 in (51-58cm)
Weight: Dog: 55-65 lb (25-29.5kg) Bitch: 45-58 lb (20-26kg)
Coat: Dense, tight ringlets on neck, body, and top part of tail; longer, curling hair on legs and topknot; face, rear of tail, and back of legs below hocks smooth
Color: Rich, dark liver

Documentary evidence for water dogs traces back to AD 17, and water spaniels have been known in lreland for more than a millennium. The Irish Water Spaniel is thought to have developed through crosses with Poodles and Curly-coated Retrievers. Prior to 1859, there were two separate strains of the breed, one in the north and one in the south. The southern strain, which resembled the Standard Poodle, probably formed the basis of the modern breed. The Irish Water Spaniel is a brave, loving, and intelligent animal. Maintaining its coat of curls is not such a chore as might be expected. However, it does need to be groomed at least once a week using a steel comb. Some stripping of unwanted hair is necessary, as is trimming around the feet.
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