Spanish Water Dog

Breed origin: Spain
Original purpose: Multi-purpose dog used for herding livestock, hunting small game, and as a fisherman's assistant.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: males 40 to 49 lbs; females 31 to 40 lbs
Size: Height: males 17½ to 20 inches; females 15½ to 18 inches
Color: Black, beige, brown, white, brown and white, or black and white.

Life span: 13 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Spanish Water Dog is extremely lively, clownish, athletic, and protective. They are happiest when given a job to do, such as herding, hunting, or participation in a variety of canine sports. Many, but not all, Spanish Water Dogs love to swim. They can be wary of strangers, and must be socialized and trained from an early age.

Good with children? Only if well-socialized with them from an early age.

Protective? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, rally, herding, agility, flyball, search and rescue, therapy, tracking, field, water tests

Exercise requirement: Because of their extremely hard working nature, they should be trained to perfom a "job" in order to meet their physical and mental exercise requirments.

Grooming requirement: Traditionally, the coat is allowed to grow naturally without brushing, and is shaved off once or twice a year. Check regularly for tight mats that might cause discomfort or hot spots, and gently pull apart the mats without tearing the cords. Bathe regularly and dry completely after baths.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, pancreatic insufficiency, allergies, cataracts.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Spanish Water Dog (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Cristina Desarnaud
Published in 2003
158 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Spanish Water Dog Club
Spanish Water Dog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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