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Distinguishing American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels

“Spaniels” is a broad term that refers to the group of gun dog or bird dog breeds. Spaniels were originally bred to assist with small game hunting. Often, people mistake one spaniel breed for another, and indeed there are congruent similarities among them. Among those that are often misidentified and mislabeled with each other are the American Water Spaniel, the Boykin Spaniel and the Irish Water Spaniel. [...]

Famous Irish Water Spaniels

There are very few Irish Water Spaniels in the world that have achieved “famous” status. In the world of show business, only a handful of the dogs are actually named as they make their appearances on TV or in the silver screen. In the world of dog show competitions and sports, a few have achieved champion status, but not necessarily that elusive “famous” standing. Here are some examples of famous Irish Water Spaniels. [...]

Irish Water Spaniel: Clown in Spaniel Family

Some forms of “misbehaving” may seem extremely cute, but try putting on a mop of curly hair and a coat of ringlets. What do you get? You get an Irish Water Spaniel, of course. [...]

Irish Water Spaniel: Weird Facts / Did you Know?

The Irish Water Spaniels is often considered one dog breed that is always extreme. It is one of the oldest breeds among the spaniels. It is one of the oldest breeds of sporting dogs. It is the rarest of all the spaniel breeds. It is the tallest among all the spaniel breeds. It has the most shadowy and unrecorded dog breed history in the world. Here are other facts you may not have known about the Irish Water Spaniel: [...]

Irish Water Spaniel and Hunting

One of the oldest and rarest of all hunting dogs is the Irish Water Spaniel. Although the depiction of its origins remains sketchy, its reputation as a great hunting companion cannot be denied. The Irish Water Spaniel is rather famous for its daring ability to plunge into the coldest waters just to retrieve a fallen game. It is still being used on upland game hunting and duck hunting, often helping bring over prey like grouse, pheasants, quails, and other wild fowls. This breed of dog is now gradually becoming a favorite among retriever enthusiasts, especially in the hunting or field sport category. [...]

Irish Water Spaniel as a Watch Dog

Usually, it takes a very aggressive dog to make a great watch dog or guard dog. This is not the case when it comes to the Irish Water Spaniel. The Irish Water Spaniel is a very gentle dog; its temperament is perfect for families with very young children at home. It is affectionate but nor overly exuberant, and it is a very tolerant creature. However, the Irish Water Spaniel is not placid; it is active, athletic and energetic. [...]

Is the Irish Water Spaniel Good for People with Allergies?

The Irish Water Spaniel has a very distinctive look. Its tightly curled coat, its mop head and its naked looking tail makes it resemble a mismatch of different dog breed parts. However, that conspicuous coat is also quite attractive to dog lovers who cannot tolerate fur shedding because they are prone to suffer from allergic reactions. The Irish Water Spaniel’s coat does not have the tendency to shed. This means that despite its rich body hair, it does not cause pet allergy. [...]

Secrets of Breeding Irish Water Spaniels

Irish Water Spaniels are often considered a rare breed of dog. The truth is, this breed is actually thriving, but it is not meeting up to breed standards or conformation, and thereby making many dogs from this breed "undesirable". Hence, it is more accurate to say that "desirable" Irish Water Spaniels are rare. Irresponsible breeding is the main culprit for the Irish Water Spaniel's apparent decline in desirability and popularity. [...]

Sports and the Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is quite the athlete in the dog world. It is active and it enjoys stretching its legs. There are many sports competitions in which the Irish Water Spaniel can showcase its talents and its skills. Among these are the more popular competitions such as conformation show, field trial, and flyball. [...]

Versatility of the Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the gentlest giants in the dog breed world. Technically, it’s not really a giant breed of dog, but it is one of the largest, standing at 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing between 55 to 65 pounds. Originally bred to be a hunting dog, the Irish Water Spaniel is now making a name for itself as a hunting/field trial dog, and also a wonderful house pet or companion. [...]

Versatility of the Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the gentlest giants in the dog breed world. Technically, it’s not really a giant breed of dog, but it is one of the largest, standing at 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing between 55 to 65 pounds. Originally bred to be a hunting dog, the Irish Water Spaniel is now making a name for itself as a hunting/field trial dog, and also a wonderful house pet or companion. [...]

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