Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel originated in Ireland during the 17th century. They are the tallest of the spaniels (standing 21 to 25 inches) and were bred for hunting upland game and retrieving waterfowl. They have a dense, curly, waterproof coat and they are often referred to as the “clown of the spaniel family.” Irish Water Spaniels are known for being mischievous, playful and willing to please, but they can also become difficult to train and overprotective.
Common Health Conditions
- Lymphoma or lymphosarcoma is a type of cancer that afflicts Irish Water Spaniels more than other breeds.
- Hips and elbows are at risk for dysplasia and stiffness in Water Spaniel’s elbows or hips may become a problem, especially as they mature.
- Follicle dysplasia is a condition that affects a dog’s coat, with hair follicles that are a result of a structural abnormality.