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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Versatility is the main virtue of an Irish water spaniel," says Russ Dodd.
Curly-coats and Irish water spaniels are hunters' breeds from the British Isles, for which a small but steady market continues to exist in North America.
Here are some breed-by-breed generalizations: Chessies and curly-coats usually mark magnificently, needing smaller areas; goldens and Irish water spaniels usually mark less accurately, so they need larger areas; Labs and flat-coats usually fall in between these extremes so usually need little or no adjustment.
Among the breeds that can be affected are Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Irish Water Spaniels, Portuguese Water Dogs, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Airedales, Boxers, Miniature Schnauzers, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Many speculate that at some point they added Irish water spaniels and poodles to the program.
In early 2011 AKC allowed Irish water spaniels, which are classified as retrievers and were already running in retriever hunting tests, to run also in spaniel hunting tests.

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