Whether he’s splashing after ducks or showing off in the agility ring, canines in the Irish Water Spaniel dog breed do everything with a sense of fun. Created in Ireland as a water retriever, he’s rare these days, but makes an excellent companion for active and experienced dog owners — especially if they live near a body of water. See all Irish Water Spaniel characteristics below! Irish Water Spaniel Dog Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts – DogtimeInitiate Gallery Additional articles you will be interested in: Adoption
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Watch and learn about Irish Water Spaniel dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Irish Water Spaniel Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Irish Water Spaniel Dog Sporting Dogs 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet tall at the shoulder 45 to 65 pounds 10 to 12 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 2 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored low and is not suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Being Alone parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Friendly Dog. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers parameter.

Health Grooming:

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 2 out of 5 in Health Grooming. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored low and is not suitable in Health Grooming parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 1 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored low and is not suitable in Amount Of Shedding parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 2 out of 5 in Drooling Potential. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Easy To Groom. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 2 out of 5 in General Health. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored low and is not suitable in General Health parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Size. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Size parameter.

Trainability:

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Trainability parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Train. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Energy Level. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 3 out of 5 in Intensity. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Intensity parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Irish Water Spaniel is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness. This means Irish Water Spaniel has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Sporting Dogs

Height

1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet tall at the shoulder

Weight

45 to 65 pounds

Life Span

10 to 12 years

Highlights

Can have life-threatening reaction to sulfa drugs, Ivermectin and vaccines especially the leptospirosis component.This is a breed that is probably not suitable for the first time dog owner because he can be headstrong, and an independent thinker.Irish Water Spaniels have lots of energy and need daily exercise.Not every Irish Water Spaniel can be trusted to get along with smaller pets.Socialization — exposure to many different people, places, sights, sounds, and experiences — at an early age is needed.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.