meet theIrish Water Spaniel


Training &Temperament

​Irish Water Spaniels possess the traits of top-notch gundogs: brains, trainability, ruggedness, and an eagerness to please. They’re the clowns of the spaniel family and, as one expert puts it, “will do ordinary things in extraordinary ways to achieve that which is asked of it.” The breed is often described as bold and dashing, but they can be wary with strangers. Early training and socialization is necessary for an IWS expected to coexist with small children and other pets.

  • Children


    92% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    89% agree

  • Time Alone


    50% agree

Did You Know?

Irish Water Spaniels in the late 1100's were known as Shannon Spaniels, Rat-Tail Spaniels or Whip-Tail Spaniels.

The Irish Water Spaniel is the tallest of the spaniels.

There were 4 Irish Water Spaniels entered in the first Westminster Kennel Club show in 1877.

The coat of the Irish Water Spaniel is naturally water-repellent.

The Irish Water Spaniel is often called the clown of the spaniel family, possibly due to the peak of curly hair between the eyes.

The cut and trim of the Irish Water Spaniel's coat reflects the breed's purpose and is not merely decorative.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Liver 123


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code