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Irish Water Spaniel Dog Breed

Originating from Dublin, Ireland the Irish Water Spaniel was developed from a number of possibilities: mixing the Poodle and the Irish Setter, the Poodle and the Curly-Coated Retriever, or the Poodle and the Portuguese Water Dog. A rare breed, it is similar in appearance to the brown Standard Poodle. Also known as the “Whiptail”, it stands at a height of 20 to 23 inches and weighs 45 to 65 pounds. The largest of the spaniels, it has a large head with a long and deep muzzle tapering to a gradual stop. The eyes are small, almodn-shaped and brown in colour. Its ears are long and set low, hanging close to the head and covered with loose curls. It has a deep and narrow chest, straight front legs and high hind quarters. The coat is curly on the outer layer and a dense undercoat that insulates the dog from cold water. A topknot of curls on the top of its head gives it a distinct feature.

This hunting dog is used to working both on land and water - equipped with a soft mouth and good swimming skills, it can hunt and retrieve ducks even in frigid waters. It is intelligent and capable of learning a great deal because of its desire to alaways please its master. As a household companion it is intelligent, devoted and mild-mannered. Although reserved with strangers it is good with children and even other pets if socialized at an early age. The breed is known as a quiet dog, barking only when necessary.

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