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Spanish Water Dog: Temperament, Exercise, Health
Group: Retriever, Water Dog.
Also Known As:
Perro de Agua, Perro Turco, Laneto, Perro de Lanas,
Perro Patero, Perro Rizado, Churro, Barbeta, and
most recently, Perro de Agua Espanol.
About Spanish Water Dog
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The exact origin of this
ancient breed is not known. One theory suggests
that the Turkish merchants brought the dog
to the South Iberian Peninsula along with
the flocks of livestock as they moved throughout
the Mediterranean. Another theory suggests
North African origin.
A General Description
of the Dog
The Spanish Water Dog is
rustic, well proportioned, of medium weight.
The head is strong and carried with elegance.
The eyes are slightly oblique position, very
expressive. The body is robust and the topline
straight. The tail is set at medium height.
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The coat is always curly and of
woolly texture. Colors include white, black and
chestnut in their different shades.
- Bicoloured: White and black or white and brown
in their different shades.
- Tricoloured subjects and black and tan, as
well as hazelnut and tan dogs are not admitted.
Males 17-20 inches (44 to 50 cm.)
Females 16-18 inches (40 to 46 cm.)
Males 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg.)
Females 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg.)
Temperament of the Breed
The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely
intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive,
happy and well balanced versatile working dog with
strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts.
It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy,
with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.
Most of them are good with children and other animals
if properly socialized.
How active is the breed?
The Spanish Water Dog can adapt
to almost all environments, circumstances and extreme
climates, as long as it gets enough exercise.
The Spanish Water Dog should get
plenty of exercise, which includes a daily walk.
Young puppies should never be over-taxed, to avoid
possible bone and joint problems. They become more
active and sleep less as they mature and by the
time they are a year old, these dogs have endless
stamina and are very fast, athletic and agile. They
have extraordinary learning ability and memory and
are eager to learn.
If meant to be a working dog, the
coat should be sheared, never combed or brushed,
but bathed only when necessary using a mild shampoo
without heavy conditioners. If the coat becomes
excessively matted, the cords can be separated by
pulling the mats apart with the fingers down to
For show dogs, the coat should
be sheared down at least once a year (or more).
Once or twice a week one should look behind the
ears, and the area where he sits and separate any
cords that might bind together. Its nails should
be clipped and eyes cleaned as often as necessary.
Consistent minimal work is needed to help develop
the proper cording.
The Spanish Water Dog does not
shed its coat. If there are concerns about allergies,
it is recommended that one spend time with the Spanish
Water Dog to see if they are indeed allergic.
While the SWD seems to be a very
healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD
have, just like all other breeds. There are cases
of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder
All breeding dogs should have their
hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have
been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it
is advised that all breeders should test their breeding
stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases
with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will
be able to produce the results in writing.
Like other Water Dogs and related
breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can
be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept
dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general
rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may
seriously injure themselves from too much running
and jumping when their skeletal structure is still
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