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Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle" Compare Irish Water Spaniel and Giant Schnauzer. Which is better: Irish Water Spaniel or Giant Schnauzer or Poodle?
Name Irish Water Spaniel Giant Schnauzer Poodle
OriginsIreland Germany Germany France
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank164807
Reviews037
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Other Names Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $800-$1000 $1000-$1500 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle

Size Medium Giant Medium
Weight 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 pounds (25 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height 20-23 inches (51-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height 21.5 inches (54.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle

Coat Dense
Tight
Curly
Wiry Curly
Colors Brown Pepper
Salt
Black
Apricot
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle

Temperament Active
Clownish
Intelligent
Alert
Inquisitive
Quick
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Irish Water Spaniels are average defenders.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Irish Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Irish Water Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Irish Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Irish Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle

Health Issues
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)
Cataracts
Cushing's Syndrome
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Patellar Luxation
Premature Graying
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Runny Eyes
Sebaceous Adenitis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Irish Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Water Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Irish Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Irish Water Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer vs Poodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-12 puppies 5-8 puppies 2-4 puppies

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