Irish Water Spaniel

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Breed Group: Sporting
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The Irish Water Spaniel is considered to be a rare breed and is the tallest of the Spaniels. They originated in Ireland in the mid 1800s for use as game retrieval from water as well as land. This breed was exceedingly popular in 1875, but over the years has been replaced in favor of the Labrador Retriever. The Irish Water Spaniel is now an uncommon and difficult to obtain breed.
A breed of ancient lineage, the Irish Water Spaniel is an active, energetic, and willing companion. They are strongly built and have rugged endurance. A true sporting dog, they are bold, alert, and inquisitive. Irish Water Spaniels are often referred to as the clown of the Spaniel family.
Irish Water Spaniels are highly intelligent, confident, and devoted. They demand attention and are a "whole family" dog. This is a breed that truly enjoys human contact. They are best suited for families with older considerate children. If properly introduced, they will get along well with other pets. They are generally quiet and bark only when necessary. The Irish Water Spaniel is protective, reserved, and wary with strangers. However, they are not aggressive. This breed displays a joyous exuberance and zest for life.
This breed is high maintenance and requires extensive grooming. To prevent matting they must be brushed daily. Regular professional trimming of the coat is an absolute must. Bathing should only be done when necessary using a mild shampoo to protect the natural oil of the coat. The Irish Water Spaniel is prone to elbow and hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and eye problems. This breed may slobber and drool.
The most distinguishing characteristic of the Irish Water Spaniel is the coat. The majority of the body is covered with tight ringlets of hair. The tail, face, and ends of the rear legs have smooth short hair. The coat is crisp in texture and solid brown in color. The curly outer coat is lined with a dense under coat that serves as insulation from frigid water. To cover and protect the eyes a top-knot of curls hangs down from the head. This breed sheds little to no hair.
With a desire to please, the Irish Water Spaniel is capable of learning a great deal. However, they can be independent and stubborn. Early socialization and obedience are recommended. Irish Water Spaniels respond best to firm, fair, and consistent training methods. They quickly become bored with repetition, so short varied sessions are ideal. It is important that family members establish leadership or this breed will refuse commands.
The Irish Water Spaniel requires an inordinate amount of daily exercise. They enjoy swimming, retrieving, family activities, hunting, and a long walk. This breed is not recommended for apartment dwelling. Their love of the outdoors makes them better suited for the country or suburbs. They do best with a large yard.
Male: 55-65; Female: 45-58 lbs
Male: 22-24; Female: 21-23 inches
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How much do Irish Water Spaniel puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Irish Water Spaniel varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Irish Water Spaniel puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Irish Water Spaniels sold is $1,800.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Irish Water Spaniel with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,000 upwards to $2,000 or even more for an Irish Water Spaniel with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Irish Water Spaniels sold is $1,800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,800.00
Average Price: $1,800.00
Top Quality: $2,000.00 to $2,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 100 Irish Water Spaniel puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning an Irish Water Spaniel puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Irish Water Spaniels true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Irish Water Spaniel Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 4 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 100 Irish Water Spaniel dogs.
  • 1. Loch
  • 2. Green Boy
  • 3. Drago
  • 4. Eragon

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I have been breeding Irish Water Spaniels for over 40 Years. Under the Tara Kennels name. I am a AKC Breeder of Merit and have been breeder of the year and had two IWSCA #1 Irish Water Spaniels. Dogs I have bred have competed in agility, field, dock diving, fast cat, rally, obedience, show and most importantly have been house pets. My breeding stock is health tested and all my dogs come with a contract with a health guarantee. AKC papers are provided with all dogs. I provide life long advice to all puppy parents about their dogs. If life changes and they can no longer keep them I want them back. I love each and everyone I breed.

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Anonymous asked:
Are Irish Water Spaniels good with babies?

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If a puppy is well socialized with children/babies, then the dog as an adult should do well with children. However, babies are quite annoying to dogs and so a dog should have its own space to get away from the baby/children so that the dog is not over whelmed.

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How much do Irish Water Spaniels cost on average?

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The average price of an Irish Water Spaniel is between $1500.00 - $2000.00 per puppy.

Anonymous asked:
What do you do if your Irish Water Spaniel begins to grip the owner by the arm?



There are two ways someone could take this question. Gripping as in taking a hold of a human's clothing and gripping as biting a person. If your Irish Water Spaniel is biting a person, then you need to take two trips. Make sure there is nothing medically wrong with the dog. When something hurts, dogs try to find a way to tell us and will act out of character. However, if there is nothing medically wrong with him after you take him to the vet, then you need to consult a local Positive Reinforcement trainer. He/She will be able to work with you and your dog to stop the aggressive and dangerous behavior.


IWS are retrievers, so holding a object is normal for them. What you need to do is change the object they are holding. By saying no to a arm grip and then give them a toy to hold, with praise. If the dog is biting that is another issue and need to be addressed promptly. Irish Water Spaniels are not a aggressive dog by nature, They are easy to train and soft, so changing a behavior should be easy..

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How long do Irish Water Spaniels live?



Depending on if it the Irish Water Spaniel gets a disease or not normally they live 9-12 years.


8 years is the average life based on the iwsca club records

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Updated: 12/5/2019