Irish Water Spaniel: A Charming Dog, Indeed

PetMD Editorial
Published: March 17, 2010
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Woof Wednesday

St. Patrick’s Day, a time of drinking green beer, rampaging in the streets, and celebrating everything that is the Emerald Isle. And we think one of the best ways to do that is by celebrating one of Ireland’s dogs. Specifically, the Irish Water Spaniel. Read on and learn if the luck of the Irish apply to dogs too …

Who Now?

If you haven’t heard of him, where have you been? The Irish Water Spaniel (IWS for short) has been around for a long time, since about the 7th century A.D. Oh, and he is a multitasker as well.

James Bond of Dogs?

Well, probably not. While the IWS is the sort of dashing hound that is probably able to take down evil agents with one slick move, this dog is more into hunting, protecting, and pretty much showing off his skills. Which, if you think about it, is more like what James Band should be.


Let’s face it, the Irish are not wallflowers, and neither is this dog. He is smart, creative and enjoys showing off in public -- especially if pretty ladies are near by. He also relies on his charm and good looks (check out his fine coat of curls) to make the the ladies swoon.

Greening it Up

Okay, the dog is not green (unless you dye him for a bet), but he sport an unusual coat color. This pup from the Emerald Isle has a “liver or puce” coat, or what most of us would call purple. And seriously, how many purple dogs, outside of animated movies, do you know? Yep, that’s what we thought!

Water, Water Everywhere …

This is a dog that loves to swim (the name might have given it away…), but more than being the Michael Phelps of the dog world, he is a great pet, especially when trained correctly. This smart pup is sweet, loving, very playful, silly, and charming (hey, he is Irish) -- pretty much the perfect pet.

So if you’re thinking about getting a dog on St. Patty's Day, then you could do much worse (but not much better) than the Irish Water Spaniel.

Woof! It’s Wednesday.