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Irish Water Spaniel

Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog


Size Medium
Height 20-23 inches (51-58 cm)
Weight 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Colors Brown
Origin Ireland
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

Because he needs plenty of daily exercise and loves the outdoors, he does best in the suburbs or country. This breed does best with at least an average-sized yard.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

These are hunting dogs with tremendous stamina. They need a daily long,brisk walk, jog or run. In addition, they will greatly enjoy retrieving and swimming.


Easy Training: The Irish Water Spaniel should be trained at a young age with a consistent approach. Obedience training is highly recommended. The Irish Water Spaniel learns quickly, but if it does not recognize its handler’s authority it will refuse to obey.



Grooming Requirements

Moderate Maintenance: The Irish Water Spaniel coat requires brushing and combing several times a week, but excessive grooming will cause the coat to fluff, which is undesirable. After brushing, the Irish Water Spaniel should be washed or allowed to swim, which will help retain its naturally curly texture.


Minimal Shedding: The coat sheds slightly, but it doesn’t cling to the fabric of furniture and clothing quite as much as other types of hair.



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