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

Summary
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 DogTime.com

Affectionate with family:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Need for exercise:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
General health:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Heat Tolerance:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Cold tolerance:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Compatible with kids:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Drooling potential:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Ease at being home alone:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Predatory tendencies:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Vigor:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Watchdog ability:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Average:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)