The Irish Water Spaniel is the largest of the spaniels (partly due to its solid curly coat). Long curls cover their whole body with the exception of the face and tail which has short hair. Their curly outer coat is lined with a dense undercoat that acts as insulation even in the coldest water and weather. Everything about them is designed for water sports. The top-knot of curls on their head hangs down to cover and protect the eyes for splashing. Their deep chest is narrow to help them swim or wade through water and they even have webbed feet!
When you think about how much exercise these guys get through, you might be surprised by how mediocre their appetites are. They will need 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Here's something you probably weren't expecting to see in the Dog Grooming section... Try to brush your Irish Water Spaniel as LITTLE as possible. Brushing them makes their coats frizzy and unmanageable. When you do brush your spaniel wet their coat afterwards so it will return to its natural curls. When the coat become too long simply trim it with scissors or take them to a professional groomer if you're feeling nervous.
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