The Irish Water Spaniel is a compact, stocky dog of great strength.
His athletic physique gives him a very elegant and proud look. He is rather low on legs and his constitution shows all his character, ardor and great vitality.
Between 53 and 59 cm (20.87 to 23.23 inches) for the male
Between 51 and 56 cm (20.08 to 22.05 inches) for the female
Between 22 and 26 kg (48.50 to 57.32 pounds) for the male
Between 22 and 26 kg (48.50 to 57.32 pounds) for the female
The color of his coat is generally chestnut or dark brown, a shade commonly known as "flea brown".
His coat has thick, tight, frizzy curls.
Fringes are usually found on front and hind legs, descending to the paws.
A v-shaped smooth hair runs down the throat, from the back of the mandible to the sternum.
His dome-shaped head has a gently sloping stop. His small almond-shaped eyes are a color ranging from dark amber to dark hazelnut.
His very long hanging ears are lobe-shaped and are set along his cheeks. His nose is dark brown in total harmony with the coat.
His long, thin tail, like a "rat tail", hardly reaches the hock.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 3 and is #124