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Irish Water Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Irish Water Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginIreland
Other Names
What other names does the Irish Water Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Irish Water Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Irish Water Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Price
How much does the Irish Water Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Irish Water Spaniel price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Irish Water Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Irish Water Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Irish Water Spaniel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Irish Water Spaniel size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Irish Water Spaniel weigh? Irish Water Spaniel weight:
45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Irish Water Spaniel? Irish Water Spaniel average weight:
55 pounds (25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Irish Water Spaniel? Irish Water Spaniel height:
20-23 inches (51-58 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Irish Water Spaniel average height:
21.5 inches (54.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Irish Water Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseTightCurly
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Irish Water Spaniel's coat?
Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Irish Water Spaniel and how often?
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Irish Water Spaniel a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Irish Water Spaniel, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Irish Water Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Whiptail? Irish Water Spaniel shedding level:
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Irish Water Spaniel dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Irish Water Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveClownishIntelligentAlertInquisitiveQuick
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Irish Water Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Irish Water Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Irish Water Spaniel sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Irish Water Spaniels don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Whiptail need? Irish Water Spaniel social needs:
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Irish Water Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Shannon Spaniel bark?
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Irish Water Spaniel good as a watchdog?
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Irish Water Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Irish Water Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Irish Water Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Irish Water Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Whiptail? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Irish Water Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Irish Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Irish Water Spaniel do?
Irish Water Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Irish Water Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Irish Water Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Irish Water Spaniel roam?
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Irish Water Spaniel have high prey drive?
Irish Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Irish Water Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Irish Water Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Irish Water Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Irish Water Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Irish Water Spaniel and children:
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Irish Water Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Irish Water Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Water Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Irish Water Spaniel is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Irish Water Spaniels good office dogs? Do Irish Water Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Irish Water Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Whiptail temperament with senior people? Are Irish Water Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Water Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Irish Water Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Irish Water Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Irish Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniel be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Irish Water Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniel be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Irish Water Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Irish Water Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Irish Water Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniel be a boat dog?
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Irish Water Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Irish Water Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Irish Water Spaniel dogs have health problems?
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Irish Water Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Irish Water Spaniel be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Irish Water Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Irish Water Spaniels do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Irish Water Spaniel have?
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Irish Water Spaniel dogs require per day?
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Irish Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Irish Water Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Irish Water Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average. The Irish Water Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Irish Water Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Water Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Irish Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Irish Water Spaniel drool?
The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Irish Water Spaniel could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Irish Water Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Irish Water Spaniel pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Irish Water Spaniel pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Irish Water Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Irish Water Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Irish Water Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-12 puppies

Pros & Cons of Irish Water Spaniel

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Irish Water Spaniels do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Apartment Friendly: Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
  • Cat Friendly: Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Irish Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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