Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel originates from Ireland, and enjoys a long and interesting history. These dogs were bred to retrieve water birds. These dogs are eager to please their owners, enjoy play and activity, and have inquisitive and curious natures.  This is a dog that due to its unusual appearance will be an attention getter at the Starbucks or Bloomingdales.  The energy level of the Irish Water Spaniel can be very high as a puppy, but tends to decrease to more moderate levels as the dog ages.


The Irish Water Spaniel, the tallest of spaniels loves water sports and is a great companion for long runs on Chicago beaches. This dog breed is a very efficient retriever when it comes to birds, balls and frisbees. These dogs will get along well with older, polite, well-mannered children, particularly children that they have been brought up with, but tend to be wary to intolerant around strangers-especially strange children. Thus they are a perfect dog for a Chicago family that believes in raising well-mannered children. When it comes to other dogs or cats some Irish Water Spaniels can be aggressive, particularly with other dogs – again early socialization is important. The Irish Water Spaniel is a spirited dog that has plenty of stamina and a fun loving disposition, making him a great choice for a family pet.

The Irish Water Spaniel is a sturdy large dog. This is a dog that is comfortable in all the weather that Chicago can create-wet, hot, cold, snowy-the Irish Water Spaniel adapts. The coat is made up of tight, soft curls on some parts of the body and looser curls on other parts. These dogs also have a distinctive curly topknot, and long ears that frame his face beautifully. Another distinctive feature of the Irish Water Spaniel is his webbed feet. The face of these dogs is smooth and looks like the face of a baboon. Still they have an intelligent, if somewhat distant, expression. The coloring of the Irish Water Spaniel is only and always solid liver or brown. In terms of height the Irish Water Spaniel reaches around 21-23 inches for females, and 22-24 inches for males. These dogs weigh in at 45-60 pounds for females and 55-70 pounds for males. These dogs are known to be well suited for those with allergies, as they are low shedders-they have hair not fur.