100th Group First Win - BIS
Sloane won his 100th Group First win on February 25, 2023 at the Rockland County
Irish Water Spaniels belong to the Sporting Dog group. Although not a very popular breed, it is a breed with great history. They have been bred for a job that requires them to have the stamina to tirelessly retrieve waterfowl in all sorts of weather. They are energetic dogs that need to have some form of outlet and exercise. All Irish Water Spaniels require a fair amount of exercise. If you're looking for a couch potato or a dog that is happy just hanging out in the back yard, this is not the breed for you. An hour or so, every day, of any age-appropriate, fast paced activity should be sufficient to keep your dog happy and well conditioned. Good daily activities include a brisk walk, retrieving, swimming, hiking, etc. They also love to participate in all family activities. However, the best activity for an Irish Water Spaniel is any activity that uses their mind and makes them think. Obedience, hunting, agility, tracking, nose work, or problem solving games will challenge an Irish Water Spaniel and keep them very happy.
We recommend that anyone who purchases an Irish Water Spaniel enroll in a basic obedience/manners class and teach the dog a reliable sit, stay, down and come. You must also teach your dog to walk on a leash without pulling. They are very strong and it is not fun being dragged around by them. It is critical that you teach the basics to have a happy and well-mannered family member. All Irish Water Spaniels require a lot of socialization as a puppy and young adult and this is absolutely critical. IWS will go through a couple of fear periods including 8-13 weeks and one from about the age of 8 -15 months. It is critical during these stages that they receive positive experiences to develop into a well adjusted adult. Your breeder should be able to give you specific information on how best to socialize your IWS.
Irish Water Spaniels are a heavily coated breed and as such require regular grooming. They should be thoroughly brushed at least once a week with a brush or comb. They should be bathed and trimmed every 4-6 weeks in order to keep the coat in good condition. Keeping a dog in show coat requires additional grooming and care. A good breeder will provide instructions as to how best care for your dog's coat. Whether a pet trim or show coat, maintenance is important.
We hope you will find the information in this website helpful and informative with assisting you in your decision on whether an Irish Water Spaniel is the right dog for you. We encourage you to learn more about the Irish Water Spaniel and we always welcome people to meet them. Please explore the pages on Glider, Flare, Sloane, In-Memory (past dogs), and Litters to learn more about our Irish Water Spaniels and please contact us if you have any questions. The best way to contact us is through email and the contact information is on the Contacts page.
In late June 2010, my Irish Water Spaniels were filmed for the Animal Planet "Dogs 101" show on the Irish Water Spaniel. Scout, Clark and Glider were filmed along with my Megan/Marley litter that were almost 8 weeks old. My dogs were not the main feature of the story but it was fun to do and even more fun to see them on TV. Click here to see the Dogs 101 (IWS).avi episode. It gives a pretty good overview of the IWS.
Why or Why Not an Irish Water Spaniel
If you want an intelligent, driven dog an IWS may be for you. If you want a dog that can do almost any performance event or activity, you may want to consider an IWS. If you want a dog that you can build a great relationship with, you may want to consider an IWS.