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Irish Water Spaniel


High Energy

Low Shedding


Breed snapshot

  • Weight: 20-29 kgs
  • Height: 53-61 cms
  • Breed size: Medium to large
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years.
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting group.
  • Coat Type: Curly, waterproof coat.


The largest of the spaniel family, the Irish Water Spaniel has long low-set ears that are covered in curls, webbed feet that are good for swimming, and long loose curls all over its body. It has a topknot of curls on its head.


Smart, loyal, energetic, eager and a great family dog, the Irish Water Spaniel barks only to warn the family.

Health problems

This breed could be prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye entropion and ear infections.


The Irish Water Spaniel has huge stamina and need daily vigorous exercise. It really enjoys retrieving and swimming.


The curly coat needs to be combed weekly and trimmed regularly because it matts easily. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Living conditions

This dog will do best in the suburbs or country where it will thrive in the outdoors. Apartment living is not suitable: this breed will do best with at least an average-sized backyard.


The Irish Water Spaniel comes from Dublin and was traditionally used for hunting on land and water.