Irish Water Spaniel

Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: Hunting dog.

AKC recognized: 1878
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 55 to 65 lbs; females 45 to 58 lbs
Size: Height: males 22 to 24 inches; females 21 to 23 inches
Color: Solid liver.

General characteristics/temperament: The Irish Water Spaniel is alert, inquisitive, intelligent, and bold. They are often reserved with strangers, but make loving and loyal pets. They love to swim, and should ideally have access to a clean and safe body of water.

Intelligent? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, field, therapy

Grooming requirement: Trim once a month. Comb regularly to remove mats.

Recommended books for further reading:

Irish Water Spaniel (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Marion Hopkins and Michael Trafford
Published in 2005
158 pages

Irish Water Spaniel
By Sarah Ellen Dady
Published in 2003
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Irish Water Spaniel Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Irish Water Spaniel Rescue

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