Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog is a breed originating in Spain, known for its ability to herd and assist in aquatic hunting. Some of its distinguishing characteristics include its dense, curly coat, long tail and intelligent, energetic temperament.

General details

The Spanish Water Dog is of medium size and has an athletic build. Males weigh between 18 and 22 kilograms, while females weigh between 14 and 18 kilograms. The height varies between 44.5 and 50 centimeters in males and between 40 and 46 centimeters in females. This breed has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years and belongs to Group 8 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups hunting retrievers and water dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Spanish Water Dog has a long history in Spain, where it has been used for centuries as a helper in water-related tasks, such as herding livestock and retrieving waterfowl. Its origin dates back to the ancient shepherd dogs and water dogs of the Iberian Peninsula, where it arrived during the Islamic invasion. Over the years, the breed has been developed and perfected to suit the needs of Spanish farmers and hunters, being common in the regions of Andalusia and Extremadura. Today, the Spanish Water Dog is appreciated not only for its working abilities, but also as a loyal and affectionate companion.

Breed characteristics

The Spanish Water Spaniel is a breed of dog with a strong, compact muscular build and a body slightly longer than tall. Their eyes are expressive and range in color from hazel to brown. The ears are triangular and droop on the sides of the head. The coat is always curly, woolly and water resistant. As for coloration, they can be unicolored (white, black or brown), bicolored (black and white or white and brown) or tricolored. The Spanish Water Dog is known for its friendly temperament, intelligence and energy. They are very active and hard-working dogs, which makes them excellent companions for outdoor activities and dog sports. They are loyal, affectionate and get along well with people, including children. In addition, they are easy to train and enjoy participating in activities that stimulate their mind and body.

Common health problems

The Spanish Water Spaniel is generally a healthy breed, but like other breeds, they can be predisposed to certain diseases and disorders. Some of the most common conditions that can affect this breed include hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation or hypothyroidism.

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