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Spanish Water Dog

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Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog is a muscular, medium-sized dog with a distinctive wooly coat that curls and forms cords. The skull is flat and the muzzle tapers to a rounded tip. The nose is the same color or slightly darker than the coat. The teeth should meet in a scissor bite. The eyes are almond-shaped and usually compliment the coat color. They have drop ears that are triangular and slightly rounded at the tip. The neck is short and the chest is strong and deep. The topline appears level and the legs are straight and powerful. This breed needs good, strong feet to work with. They are usually oval-shaped with thick pads. The tail is naturally bobtail or is docked. It should not exceed 4". These dogs are traditionally sheared completely once a year. For show, the coat must appear natural and neither combed, brushed or trimmed. Colors include white and all shades of black or brown.

Temperament The SWD is a lively and active breed that loves the water. They are faithful and obedient; however, they will only tolerate children if they are raised with them. They are aloof with strangers. They enjoy working and are not difficult to train. They have strong herding instincts and are considered a one-family dog.
Height, Weight Male Height: 17-20" ; Weight: 40-49 lbs.
Female Height: 15-18" ; Weight: 26-40 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, allergies and hypothyroidism.
Living Conditions This breed needs an active owner. They love to be outdoors. A rural area would be best for this breed.
Exercise They make excellent jogging companions as they are very active dogs. They need both physical and mental exercise. They love to retrieve sticks and balls from the water.
Life Expectancy About 10-14 years
Grooming The coat of the SWD should never be brushed or combed. It should be allowed to grow out and form cords. They are shaved all over once a year.
Origin This breed is thought to be related to the Barbet, the Irish Water Spaniel or the Portuguese Water Dog. Originating in Spain, these wooly-coated dogs have had several names, including Barbets, Perro Turco and the Perro de Agua Espanol. During the 18th century, these dogs were used mostly for herding, but later were used to retrieve and tow boats to shore. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Sporting, UKC Gun Dog