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Irish Water Spaniel

Developed by a man named Justin McCarthy from Dublin, this rare breed is said to be the product of the Poodle with either the Irish Setter, Curly-coated Retriever or Portuguese Water Dog. The breed was used for hunting and retrieving due to their soft mouths and ability to withstand very cold waters. Once a very popular breed in the 1800's, it has now become more of a rarity. It was very popular for duck hunting in the United states but is now less common due to the introduction of the Labrador retriever.

This dog is a happy and good-natured animal who needs proper authority from his owner - if he does not receive this, he may become mischievous and make up his own rules. He gets on well with children who know how to show leadership over him and also gets along with other dogs and animals if introduced correctly. Bred to work, he loves to please his owner and is a fast learner. With the proper handling and training, he is docile and gentle and makes a loving member to any family.

His coat mats very easily and therefore needs to be trimmed and brushed regularly. It should be combed around once a week. He needs vigorous exercise with a daily walk, jog or run and loves to go swimming. Also, allowing him a secure space for him to run around is also good for expending his vast amounts of energy and stamina. 

This breed is prone to hypo-thyroidism, eye entropion and also hip dysplasia. To help prevent ear infections, the ears need to be checked and cleaned fairly often.

Breed Attributes

  • Medium size
  • Low shedding
  • High exercise needs
  • Medium grooming needs
  • Spirited, clever and loving

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