This curly-coated clown likes to go for the gusto in everything he does.

Vital Stats

Height: 21 to 24 inches at shoulder
Weight: 45 to 65 pounds (males average 60 pounds, females average 52 pounds)
Coat: crisp and curly
Life span: 10 to 12 years

Whether he’s splashing after ducks or showing off in the agility ring, the Irish Water Spaniel does everything with a sense of fun.

Created in Ireland as a water retriever, he’s rare these days, but makes an excellent companion for active and experienced dog owners–especially if they live near a body of water.

Full Irish Water Spaniel profile on
[usrlist “Affectionate with family:5” “Need for exercise:5” “Playfulness:4” “Friendly toward strangers:4” “General health:4” “Heat Tolerance:4” “Cold tolerance:4” “Compatible with kids:4” “Drooling potential:3” “Ease at being home alone:3” “Apartment appropriate:3” “Predatory tendencies:3” “Vigor:2” “Watchdog ability:2” ]