Irish Water Dog

Other names: Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel

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the   Irish Water Dog   is a medium-sized dog with an elegant and balanced appearance. Well-developed bones and musculature, this dog has a compact and stocky body.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Ireland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 27 kg From 53 cm to 59 cm
Male From 24 kg to 30 kg From 55 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

the   Irish Water Dog descends from Persian dogs that arrived in Ireland via the Iberian Peninsula without much certainty. His ancestors had specialized in waterfowl hunting at the start of the 17th century. The Irish Water Dog breed became particularly popular from the second half of the 19th century. The Irish Water Dog Club was founded in 1890. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on December 28, 1954.

Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Irish Water Dog   is a dog full of pride, intelligence, vitality and enthusiasm . Loyal and very playful , he is an excellent companion for the whole family . the Irish Water Dog is also and above all a fiery and enduring shooting hunting aid. In addition to hunting for waterfowl , it can also behave like a retriever and shows itself to its advantage in report as well.

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Intelligent, very attached to his master and hardworking, the Irish Water Dog shows a formidable capacity for learning . It should be educated with a good balance between firmness and softness.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Irish Water Dog can adapt to city and apartment life if he is walked enough and frequently, and if he has the opportunity to roam in natural surroundings from time to time. However, he will prefer to live in the countryside or as close as possible to swampy or brushy areas.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Irish Water Dog   is a strong and solid dog. However, the breed has predispositions to diseases or abnormalities that it is important to watch out for: hip and follicular dysplasia , absence or loss of hair , fall or fragility of the claws in particular.

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Litter size

Between 4 and 12 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of an Irish Water Dog is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Irish Water Dog sheds very little hair . Its maintenance is simple ; it mainly consists of combing and brushing it regularly, as well as taking care of its claws and the inside of its ears.


It is recommended to brush and comb the dog 2 times per week using a metal wide tooth comb, a medium comb and a spiked brush. Its ears are to be inspected after exits and its claws to be maintained regularly.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of an Irish Water Dog is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Irish Water Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Irish Water Dog   needs long walks every day to get air and get energized. These outings are to be complemented with games and exercises that appeal to both his intelligence and his physical capacities.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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