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Welcome to Cuardach Irish Water Spaniels

Temperament, Trainability and Type

From left to right - Clark, Flare, Glider, and Ryan - May 2016


March 7, 2015 when Ryan earned his MACH and Glider earned her MACH2


We hope that you will enjoy this site with its pages of information on the wonderful Irish Water Spaniels loved by us and learning more about this fantastic breed that we are devoted to.  Bringing a dog into your home is a very important decision and as with any breed, the IWS may not be right for everyone, so please learn and enjoy. 

As you explore this site, you will find a lot of information about our IWS, their accomplishments and lots of pictures.  You will find information on:

  • Scout, my foundation bitch

  • Clark, the son of Scout from her first litter

  • Glider, Scout's daughter from her second litter

  • Ryan, grandson of Scout and son of Liberty

  • Flare, granddaughter of Clark and the newest member of our family

  • "Dogs of Cuardach" which has individual pages with pictures and information of the dogs that have come from our kennel.  We are very proud of these dogs! 

  • "Puppies" tab which has information about how we raise our puppies, our past litters, and potential future litters (at this point and time we have no plans for a litter until probably 2019). 

  • In Memory has information about our beloved family members who are no longer with us, Drake and Maggie.

  • Lots of information under the "General Information" tab including training, health care, socialization, crate training, feeding, and helpful links.

Please explore our site and if you have any questions, my email is in the contact section.

Latest News!!

Clark earned his PACH on August 7, 2016

Harp earned her MACH on January 23, 2016

Clark earned his MACH9 on January 16, 2016

Ryan, Glider and Clark had fun at the 2015 AKC agility invitational.  Ryan had 3 clean rounds to earn the Top IWS medal.

Megan earned her junior hunt test (JH) title on July 11, 2015 and now she has her IWS all-around and Quintessential awards.

Ryan earned his junior hunt test (JH) title on June 13, 2015 by earning his 4th leg at the Buckeye Retriever Hunt trial.

Glider earned her MACH2 and Ryan earned his MACH on March 7, 2015.  It is very rare for one handler to earn 2 MACHs on one day.

Gem earned her MX agility title on January 24, 2015.

Harp earned her MX agility title on January 18, 2015.

Glider won the top IWS at the 2014 AKC agility invitational with 3 clear rounds.  Clark had 2 clear rounds and Ryan had 1

Clark earned his MACH8 title on November 29, 2014.

Glider earned her TQX agility title on August 31, 2014.  She is the first IWS to have achieved this title.

Emma earned her Rally Excellent title on September 27, 2014.

Harp earned her MXJ agility title on September 19, 2014.

Ryan earned his novice obedience title on August 24, 2014.

Gem earned her MXJ on August 10, 2014.

Clark earned his MACH7 on May 26, 2014.

Emma earned her CD on February 14, 2014.

Glider earned her MACH on February 2, 2014 with a 4th place standard run and a 3rd place JWW run.

The Cuardach crew had a fabulous time at the 2013 AKC agility invitational.  Glider was the high IWS and made it to the 20" finals.  Clark also made it to the finals in the 24" class.  They are the first 2 IWS to have ever made it to the invitational finals.  Ryan had a great first invitational with 2 clear rounds including a 8th place finish in JWW on Saturday.

Clark earned his MACH6 on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Harp earned her breed championship on Friday, October 25, 2013.  Harp was groomed and handled by her owner, Sarah Zumpf.

The Cuardach clan had a great time at the Wine Country circuit dog shows in Romulus, NY September 26-29, 2013.  Neil won best of winners on 9/26 and winner's dog on 9/27 for two majors to finish his breed championship.  Dublin earned his beginner novice (BN) title and Megan earned her open obedience title (CDX) and novice agility standard title. 

2013 was another good IWS national specialty.  We came home with 4 new titles (Clark - WC & RE, Ryan WC, Glider RA), Clark, Glider and Ryan each won an agility class, they all placed in rally, Clark got 3rd in Gun Dog and Ryan made the first cut in best of breed. Other Cuardach dogs did well too.  Emma won 1st place in novice B obedience, Dublin won the beginner novice A class and got a rally advance leg, Neil got 2nd in Open dogs in breed, and Clarence earned his CGC title.

Clark earned his MACH5 on April 7, 2013. 

2012 was a great year for the Cuardach dogs in agility.  Clark ended up #1 IWS in agility for the 2nd year in a row.  Glider finished #3 IWS and Ryan finished #6 IWS.  Gem and Harp made their agility debuts.  Liberty earned her Agility Warrant Gold title in the UK and two more of her kids made their agility debut in the UK, Buzz and Gracie.

Clark earned his Grand Championship title on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Liberty earned her agility warrant gold title on August 12, 2012.  She is the first IWS to have ever achieved the bronze, silver and gold agility warrant titles in the UK.

Clark earned his MACH4 agility title on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Ryan finished his breed championship by winning Winner's Dog  for a 4 point major at the New Castle show on Saturday, May 26, 2012

Byrd finished her UD title on Sunday, May 20th.  She is the first Cuardach IWS to earn a UD and is a second generation UD girl.

Byrd finished her breed champion on Friday, May 4th.  She now has both her AKC and UKC championships.

Scout earned her PACH4 agility title on December 31, 2011.

Clark earned his MACH3 agility title on November 13, 2011.  He is the first IWS to achieve this level.

Scout earned her PACH3 and PAX3 agility titles July 16, 2011 at the Nebraska Kennel Club show.

Clark earned his MACH2 on Sunday, April 24th.  He did this only 7 months after earning his first MACH.  He is only the 2nd IWS to have earned his MACH2.

Clark earned his MACH on September 11, 2010 with a double Q to finish the points he needed.

Megan finished her breed championship by going winner's bitch/best of breed at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association in Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  This championship also makes Scout an IWSCA top producing bitch.

Scout earned her MACH on Saturday, July 11, 2009 with a beautiful standard run at the Southern New Jersey Agility trial. 

From left to right - Ryan, Glider, and Clark summer 2014

From left to right - Ryan, Glider, and Clark - December 2013 with their ribbons after the AKC agility invitational

From left to right - Ryan, Glider, and Clark with Scout in the front - November 2012

Scout earning her PACH4 (12/31/11) and her grandson Ryan with his first agility ribbons and title, novice Fast (1/1/12)


Mia, Shea, Scout, Glider, Clark and Ryan in our backyard for a mini family reunion - July 2, 2011


From left to right - Clark, Scout, Glider, and Ryan - November 2010



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