Thinking about purchasing an Spanish Water Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Spanish Water Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Spanish Water Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Spanish Water Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Spanish Water Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Spanish Water Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Spanish Water Dog Profile
Lively, fun loving and full of energy, the Spanish Water Dog is a clown in a curly coat. They love the water, and were once used as fishermen's aids in bringing in nets and catching items overboard. The Spanish Water Dog can even dive! Rather obedient and willing to learn, they actually enjoy working and are eager to do so. They are affectionate and loyal, cheerful and fun. However, they are not so friendly as to ignore a threat. The Spanish Water Dog is wary of strangers and makes an excellent watch dog. They also get along with children, although merely tolerating them. The Spanish Water dog is a dog of many names, being called the Perro de Agua Espanol, Turco de Andaluz and several other names. They are medium sized dogs that have extensively curly hair that is never in need of brushing. The coat, if grown out, will cord and is encouraged to do so. They come in colors of white, black, chestnut, white and black or white and chestnut. The color of the eyes and nose compliment the breed's natural fur color. They are strong, woolly, and an energetic choice.
Other Names: Perro de Agua Espanol, Turco de Andaluz, Andalusian Turk
Type: Gun Dog
15 - 18 inches; Males: 17 - 20 inches.
black, chestnut, white and black or white and chestnut. Eyes are any color from
hazel to chestnut, in agreement with the color of the coat.
Spanish Water Dog loves to have fun, loves the water, and is a very active breed.
They are faithful and obedient, and they rather enjoy working. They can be trained
to do several things, not just one, using their extremely athletic and hard-working
mentality to keep them going. They are a cheerful breed. Wary with strangers,
this breed will tolerate children but should not be expected to enjoy them.
Affectionate, loyal and diligent, the Spanish Water Dog is very intelligent
and not difficult to train. They thrive on working and playing, being idle is
something they are not used to. They have natural herding and guarding instincts
that serve them well. They are lively and clownish, being mostly one-family
Spanish Water Dog
Care and Training: The
coat is never brushed out, rather, it is allowed to be grown out and be corded.
They should be shaved once a year. The Spanish Water Dog is very trainable and
obedient. They actually enjoy doing work, being such lively and active dogs.
Training of positive reinforcement from puppyhood should be used on this breed.
Spanish Water Dog Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, eye problems, cataracts, allergies, and hypothyroidism.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
Spanish Water Dogs
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