Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel, Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog

Irish Water Spaniel Irish Water Spaniel, Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog

Breed characteristics

  • Popularity: 1
  • Training: 9
  • Size: 7
  • Mind: 10
  • Security: 8
  • Relations with children: 10
  • Dexterity: 7
  • Shedding: 2


The breed comes from old water spaniel breeds and has been bred in the middle of the 19th century. The breed was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1862 Irish Water Spaniel is considered a rare breed dog. Used for hunting, both on water and land. This The breed was extremely popular in 1875, but throughout Many years has been replaced in favor of the Labrador Retriever.


A strong medium sized dog, the tallest of spaniels. It has a proportional head, a long and powerful muzzle with big and wide nose. The nose is brown-chestnut in color. Eyes quite small, dark brown. Ears are very long, lowered and covered with long hair. The tail is short. Feet covered in wool the dog may have a beard and curly forelock on its head. Color brown.

  • May have a life-threatening reaction to sulfonamide preparations and vaccines, especially including a component leptospirosis.
  • The breed is not suitable for inexperienced owners who have a dog for the first time.
  • Irish water spaniels have a lot of energy and need daily exercise.
  • Early socialization at an early age is not required.


The Irish Water Spaniel is active and energetic. They are very hardy. It is truly athletic dog, they are bold, informative and inquisitive. Temperament Irish water Spaniel is very smart, confident and devoted dog. He requires attention and is a family dog. This is a breed that truly loves human contact. They are best suited. for families with older children. If they are correct socialized – will get along well with other household animals. As a rule, they are quiet and bark only if necessary. Irish Water Spaniel is protective and careful with strangers. However, they are not aggressive.


Training is necessary from a very young age and must be done a person with experience. Training must be firm, consistent, well balanced, varied and you can be sure that get the desired result.

A haircut

Irish Water Spaniel requires regular cleaning and should be brushed two or three times a week to keep the coat from tangling, and keeping it clean.


The dog is very resistant to cold weather and feels better in well-fenced yard where she can move freely. The dog loves exercise, long walks, swimming, play and work. Recommended for an active person. Dog Needs socialization and training.

Common diseases

Irish water spaniel is prone to such diseases:

  • hip dysplasia;
  • cataract;
  • follicular dysplasia;
  • hypothyroidism;
  • allergy;
  • entropy;
  • paronychia;
  • distichiasis;
  • epilepsy;
  • sensitivity to vaccination.


It is used for hunting large wild birds, especially geese. It is also a wonderful companion dog.

Breed Information

A country Ireland
Life span 10-12 years old
Height Males: 56-61 cm Bitches: 53-58 cm
Weight Males: 25-30 kg Bitches: 20-26 kg
Long wool longhair
Colour brown
Group for children, hunting
Price 700 – 1300 $

Breed photo

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