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Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniels are proud, bold and spirited animals that combine great intelligence with impressive stamina, vitality and loyalty.
Irish Water Spaniel adult in black and white

About the Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniels find it easy to adapt to most forms of shooting and hunting, often pointing and willingly retrieving, even in heavy cover. Their build and nature make them the traditional dog of choice for hunting water game.

They are good family dogs, loving, playful and with a distinct “sense of humour”, wanting to involve themselves in anything taking part in the home. That being said, they are often reserved with strangers.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Ireland
Size category: Medium
Avg life expectancy: 10-12 years
Intelligent / Resilient / Confident / Enthusiastic / Loyal / Playful

Key facts

Requires a lot of grooming
Needs moderate training
Makes a great family dog
Dachshund puppy in black and white eating from a red bowl

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