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Breed: Irish Water Spaniel
Country of Origin: England
AKC Group: Sporting
Function: Hunting
Life Span: 10-12 years
Appearance: Large
Color: Solid brown (leaning to purple)
Coat Type: Curly
Grooming: A lot of care in grooming is needed, as the coat can tend to mat. Skilled trimming of the coat is necessary. The coat is usually good for allergy sufferers since it has little dandruff.
Height: 20-23 inches
Weight: 45-65 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: Ok
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Ok
Good With Strangers: Ok
Character: Wants to please
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Loving
Potential Problems:  
Physical: Prone to hip dysplasia, hypo-thyroidism and eye entropion. Be sure the parents were checked for thyroid problems. Avoid timid puppies. They may drool and have ear infections.