Irish Water Spaniel vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Compare the Irish Water Spaniel to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Irish Water Spaniels and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Irish Water Spaniel are good for new owners, but the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Irish Water Spaniel and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Irish Water Spaniel and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Irish Water Spaniel and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Irish Water Spaniel vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Brown Irish Water Spaniel
White Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed NameIrish Water SpanielWirehaired Pointing Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height20-24 in.20-24 in.
Weight45-65 lb50-60 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryIrelandNetherlands
Origin Year1000 AD1873 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 75°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthMedium-HighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow
SheddingNone-LowLow
DanderNone-LowLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameIrish Water SpanielWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameIrish Water SpanielWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
EntropionNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameIrish Water SpanielWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BrownYesYes
Brown & GreyNoYes
ChestnutNoYes
Chestnut & GreyNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ChestnutNoYes
White & OrangeNoYes