Spanish Water Dog

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Size

Medium

Life span

14 Years

Weight

20 Kg

Group

Gun Dogs

Spanish Water Dog Overview

The Spanish Water Dog is a medium-sized dog breed that airs a natural elegance. They’re lively, active and athletic. This dog breed is incredibly intelligent and they're easy to train. They have the ability to learn new tasks fast and have the desire to please their owners.

This dog breed is very cute. Their curly hair and sparkly eyes make most dog lovers hearts melt. They’re a sensitive dog breed and require lots of love and attention.  They make great family pets and are very good with children.

Their coat is extremely curly and needs a lot of maintenance to keep it in optimum condition. This dog breed comes in a variety of different colours; ranging from beige, black, brown and white.

The height and weight vary depending on whether their female or male. Normally, female weighs in the region of 14-18gk and measures in height 40-45cm. The male weighs 18-22 kg and measures in height 44-50cm.

Spanish Water Dog Characteristics

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Size InformationChild Friendly
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Size InformationShedding
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History & Origin

The Spanish water dog originated in Spain where it was used to guard sheepdog and sometimes used as a gundog. This dog breed has strong genetic links to other breeds such as the Portuguese Waterdog, Irish Water Spaniel and the French Barbet. 

Spanish Water Dog Temperament

The Spanish Waterdog is loyal, intelligent and very affectionate. Thi wonderful dog breed has strong natural herding and guarding instincts. They thrive on being busy and needed. they're a hard-working dog breed and can excel at a number of tasks at any one time. 

Training

The Spanish Waterdog is easy to train and responds well to continuous training. They excel at most tasks given and love to show off their newly learned tricks. This dog breed loves attention and enjoys showing off in front of their loved ones. The Spanish Waterdog can also quickly learn bad habits and owners must be careful not to allow this and stop any bad habits from forming.

Grooming

One of the most important guidelines for maintaining your Spanish Water Dogs coat is to never brush it and it should remain the same length all over. Clipping should be done regularly if you want to keep the length of the coat short, otherwise, you can leave the hair to grow longer and clipped less regular. Professional grooming is recommended for this dog breed. 

As with all dog breeds, their teeth, eyes, ears and body should be checked on a regular basis. 

Health

The Spanish Water Dog's life expectancy is thought to around 14 years when properly cared for. This dog breed is predisposed to several health issues such as:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Allergies
  • Cataracts
  • Addisons disease 

Exercise

The Spanish Waterdog is very intelligent and active both physically and mentally. They require daily exercise for at least 40-60 minutes with plenty of time off their lead. As well as physical exercise, they also need plenty of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and unhappy. This dog breed needs to be active and would, therefore, suit someone or a family that loves being active also and spending lots of time outdoors exploring and walking. 

Children and other pets

The Spanish Waterdog is great with children and other pets. Early socialisation will ensure your Spanish waterdog behaves well with children and other household pets. As with all dog breeds, playtime must be supervised in case of rough playtime which can cause injuries to small children and the dog breed in question. 

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