Breeds of dogs: Irish Water Spaniel

Breeds of dogs: Irish Water Spaniel

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Ireland.
F.C.I classification: Group 8 - water dogs.

The origins of the Irish Water Spaniel (Irischer Wasserspaniel) are unknown. It is believed possible that the breed derives from Persian dogs that arrived in Ireland, passing through Spain. It is also known that these dogs hunted game since 1600.

General aspect

The shape of its tail, the so-called "whip tail" (whip tail) or "rat tail" (rat tail) does not find the same in any other dog breed elegant dog well in perpendicular. Strongly built. Not tall on the legs, but compact and stocky.


Traditionally intended for hunting game. It adapts easily to most hunting disciplines. At home he is considered a good family dog. Love children and play happily in their games. He is a little reserved towards strangers.

Irish Water Spaniel (photo

Irish Water Spaniel (photo

Irish Water Spaniel (photo


- males between 53 and 59 cm;
- females between 51 and 56 cm.

Trunk: strong constitution. Compact and stocky.
Head and muzzle: head overall covered with longer hair on the skull and shorter on the muzzle.
Truffle: dark but in relation to the color of the coat.
Teeth: the teeth are strong and with scissor articulation.
Neck: very robust and well worn.
Ears: they are very long, with a rounded lobe-shaped pavilion. Low hanging, they hang in contact with the cheeks and are covered with long curly hair.
Eyes: they are relatively small, with a color ranging from dark amber to dark hazelnut, with a very intelligent expression.
Limbs: strong and perfectly perpendicular.
Shoulder: of right inclination.
Tail: short and smooth; strong at the root, where it is covered, for a short stretch of curly hair, it tapers progressively and ends in a fine point.
Hair: the coat is composed of thick and thick curls; the throat has a smooth hair that draws a "V" from the back of the jaw to the sternum. The front limbs have abundant fringes all around, the hindquarters must have a satin hair on the front face, but in the rear they are fringed up to the feet.
Allowed colors: dark brown, called "flea".
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, incorrect movement, defective rear end, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, aggressive or shy character, insufficiently developed muscle masses, badly worn ears, colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard measures of breed, light eyes, smooth hair, incorrect limbs, curls not present, atypical.

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