Irish water spaniel


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Irish water spaniel

a medium to large, compact gun dog with long pendulous ears, somewhat domed head with prominent occiput, and a short, straight, tapered tail. The dark liver-colored coat is a breed characteristic, consisting of dense, tight, crisp ringlets or 'curls' with a natural oiliness. It covers the legs and body, forming a well-defined topknot that comes down in a peak on the forehead. The tail has only short, straight hairs and is often referred to as a 'rat-tail'. The breed is used as a retriever and is reportedly very tolerant of cold water.
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