Irish Water Spaniel Breed Profile
Among the endearing traits of the Irish Water Spaniel is that they are intelligent, easy to train, eager to please, bold, confident, stubborn, independent, easy going and gentle.
This breed of dog is great for children provided they do not get teased.
Lifespan and Weight
The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 10 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 45 to 65 lbs.
The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to hypothyroidism, entropion and ear infection. Avoid timid puppies.
Housebreaking and Shedding
Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog because they prefer the outdoors. Shedding is minimal, however to prevent mats, brush every other day.
Best Owner Compatibility
Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give and preferably lives in the suburbs or the countryside.
Where to Buy
The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.
This breed of dog is rarely aggressive unless they have been abused or neglected.
This breed of dog is prone to obsessive barking.
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