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An ongoing group study of Irish Water Spaniels is being set up look into the health of the breed.   For the foreseeable future the study will be a rolling study open to all Irish Water Spaniels, regardless of their breeding and country of origin.  The study aims to follow the life of an IWS, without anonymity, from the age of 8 weeks.  If you have an IWS puppy aged 12 months or under and would be interested in taking part please contact Susan Kewan (collator) email:  susie_k@talktalk.net   Participants will be emailed a questionnaire for completion after their dog's first birthday.  For those who join the study an annual questionnaire will be sent out electronically in the month of the dog's birth.  The form is also be available to download (CLICK HERE).  Completed questionnaires should be returned to the collator Susan Kewan. 

An annual report will be issued at the Irish Water Spaniel Association's AGM.  Please be aware that this is a long term project and it may be a few years before any meaningful information comes to light. 

May we take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and look forward to a healthy future for the Irish Water Spaniel. 

Elizabeth Cooper & Susan Kewan
The Irish Water Spaniel Association is currently taking part in the 'Give a Dog a Genome' project. We are one of fifty breeds taking part. It is being run by the Animal Health Trust. We have funded half of this project with half of the legacy left in the Will of the Late Ank ter Kuile. In doing this the money put forward has been doubled with a grant of 1000 from the Kennel club. (click image below for more details)