Irish water spaniel


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Irish water spaniel,

breed of large sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 developed in Ireland in the 19th cent. The tallest of the spaniels, it stands about 23 in. (58.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 65 lb (20.4–29.5 kg). Its dense, liver-colored coat is tightly curled and water-repellent. The tapering, smooth-coated tail and the topknot of long, loose curls that hang from a peak between the eyes are characteristic of the breed. A natural water dog with great endurance, the Irish water spaniel is often used to retrieve ducks. However, its coat, which may snag in heavy underbrush, makes it less suitable for hunting upland game. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Memorial contributions may be made to the Canine Health Foundation and/or Genetic Concerns in care of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America.
DOUBLE THE CLASS On March 1, 2011 , AKC allowed Irish water spaniels (IWS), a breed classified as a retriever, to crossover into spaniel hunting tests.
Irish Water Spaniel - a breed of dog that is the largest and one of the oldest of spaniels with a water-repellant curly coat and signature "rat tail.
These include a great Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux, rottweiler, Irish water spaniel, Japanese akita, springer spaniels and German shepherds.

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