Whether he’s splashing after ducks or showing off in the agility ring, canines in the Irish Water Spaniel dog breed do everything with a sense of fun.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Irish Water Spaniel.
There are dozens of different spaniel breeds, but the Irish Water Spaniel is probably one of the oldest. There is evidence that they existed as early as the 7th century AD. The name "Irish Water Spaniel" was used as early as the 1100s to describe dogs found south of the Shannon River in Ireland.
Besides being known as the clowns of the spaniel family, Irish Water Spaniels are also known as Shannon Spaniels, Rat Tail Spaniels, Whiptail Spaniels, and Bog Dogs. Two of these names describe the Irish Water Spaniel's hairless tail, which acts like a rudder in the water, making them better swimmers.
3) Tallest Spaniel
The Irish water spaniel is ruggedly built to do the job of a hunting dog and also has webbed toes to aid in its powerful swimming. Powerful but not overly large, these dogs are well balanced. Males are 22 to 24 inches tall and weight 55 to 65 pounds, and females are 21 to 23 inches tall and weight 45 to 58 pounds. The breed is the tallest of all spaniels.
4) Curly Coat
Proper double coat is of vital importance to protect the dog while working. The neck, back, sides and rear are densely covered with tight, crisp ringlets, with the hair longer underneath the ribs. Forelimbs are well covered with abundant curls or waves. The hind limbs are abundantly covered by hair falling in curls or waves, except that the hair is short and smooth on the front of the limbs below the hocks.
Irish Water Spaniels are often referred to as the clowns of the Spaniel family. This could be because of their boisterous personality, or it could be because of their hairdo. The Irish Water Spaniel's curly hair creates an exaggerated poof on the top of his head.
A devoted companion, this dog can be an exceptional watchdog if properly socialized from an early age. Socialization is particularly important if you want this exuberant dog to live with small children. While this breed has the courage to protect itself or its owners when needed, the dog has been bred for the characteristic of not barking excessively.
In the 17th century, King James I of England gave an Irish Water Spaniel to the king of France, to try to improve diplomatic relations between the two countries. This was the very first Irish Water Spaniel to come to France.
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of activity to maintain health and happiness. As their name suggests, this breed loves water and people with swimming pools should expect to find their dog swimming and splashing about. Hunters can take them into the field, as they are reliable trackers and retrievers and have the stamina to work all day. Couch potatoes would be better suited for another breed. Even a lazy Water Spaniel will come alive outdoors, and if he doesn't get enough exercise will quickly become hyper active and destructive.
Irish water spaniels shed little and are good for most people with allergies. They need a good, thorough brushing about once a week. The face and tail are naturally smooth but may need to be neatened occasionally. A thorough combing to the skin should take place every one to two weeks to promote healthy skin and to remove any objects from the coat. These dogs can be trimmed about twice a year but not clipped down like a poodle.
Water Spaniels are fairly easy to train, but they do have a willful streak which can can make them inconsistent students. Positive reinforcement and lots of treats help the process along, as does mixing up training activities. Keeping training sessions light and fun is also helpful, as Water Spaniels will enjoy any activity he thinks is a game.