Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the largest, oldest, and rarest spaniels which was developed in Ireland in the 1830s. It is a working, retrieving breed which specializes in swimming. Although the current breed stock is Irish, its ancestry and original origin are unknown.
The breed is stout, standing 22 to 24 inches high and weighing 55 to 65 pounds. It is a square dog with a rat like tail and slightly webbed feet. The coat of the Irish Water Spaniel is its distinguishing feature. It is medium-length, curly, and liver colored with a slight purple hue. The coat typically does not shed. It has a curly topknot on its head, but a smooth face.
The Irish Water Spaniel is active and can make an excellent pet. It thrives in a working environment; it is very intelligent and loves to learn. The breed needs regular exercise as well as proper socialization and training from an experienced handler. The Irish Water Spaniel is protective of its family. The breed is also fairly low-maintenance.