STANDARD AND CHARACTERISTICS

Standard:

Height: 15″ – 19.5″ Weight: 25 – 45lb
Colors: Black, Brown, Beige and White in their different shades or White with any other color
Coat: Wooly, always curly forming cords when long, the coat can be clipped but must be the same length all over.

 

Spanish Water Dogs are lively, athletic and versatile. They are willing working dogs and easy to train, having the ability to learn quickly and remember for a long time. They can be independent when working and will often work things out for themselves. To say these dogs are versatile is an understatement.

 

In their native Spain, they fish, herd, hunt, climb trees and climb high scaffold in search and rescue type demonstrations. This breed has been kept alive and true by the farmers who primarily used them for herding stock; however they are a ‘Jack of all trades’ particularly if you include the breed’s original job of fishing and guarding the catch. They are also keen hunters. Spanish Water Dogs can turn their paws to almost anything. They are extremely quick learners but bright dogs are also quick to learn bad habits as well as good, so training must be adhered to from day one. This breed needs something to do, their brains need working.

 

Spanish Water Dogs attach themselves and often have a special relationship with one particular person in the family, and they require LOTS of early socialization with people. They have a strong natural guarding instinct and therefore can be aloof with strangers, only accepting them on their own terms. Once someone has gained the respect of a Perro de Agua Espanol, they are a friend for life and greeted with enthusiasm. These dogs have impressive memories and do not forget those special to them. They truly are lovely dogs who will enhance your life with enjoyment, hilarity and devotion.

 

The appeal of the SWD is the breed’s tremendous working ability on land and in the water, as well as his vivacious temperament, stunning appearance, high energy and superior intelligence. However, this breed is not suited to everyone. You must always remember this breed is first and foremost a working dog. Whether you want a companion dog or a skilled worker, you will soon learn what a truly extraordinary wonder of the dog world this breed is.

 

The Spanish Water Dog is rustic, well-proportioned of medium weight. The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. He is an exceptional companion, devoted to family, attentive and happy dog, showing strength and stamina combined with unusual agility. He is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with competence and dignity. He is reserved with strangers but should not exhibit shyness. Although an authoritative worker, viciousness toward people or animals is intolerable.

 

The Spanish Water Dog is a large dog in a medium body. They should be socialized at a young age with people and other small animals. Be sure you are this dogs firm, consistent, confident pack leader to prevent them from becoming protective and territorial. Although they make fine companions and pets, Spanish Water Dogs (as any other dog) should never be left unsupervised with small children. Because of their high intelligence and working drive, they must be kept mentally and physically active doing something.

 

Some of the tasks that the Spanish Water Dogs are used for are search and rescue, bomb detection, narcotics detection, herding, water sports, competitive agility, therapy work. Etc. teams of Spanish Water Dogs as rescue dogs were sent to Turkey, Mexico and Colombia after they experienced earth-quakes.

 

Living Conditions

The Spanish Water Dog can adapt to almost all environments or circumstances, as long as it gets enough exercise and is suitable for all climates. These hardy dogs can endure both extreme heat and cold with no problems

 

Exercise

The Spanish Water Dog should get plenty of exercise, which includes a daily walk, swimming or hiking. They are energetic and lively and are in their glory when allowed to romp and play. A1337980382299s young puppies (from 1 month to 7 months of age), their exercise should never be over-taxed, to avoid possible bone and joint problems later on, but should still be taken on a daily walk. 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.

 

Recognition

FCI, NKC, APRI, ACR, UKC and AKC/FSS, SWDAA, DRA, NAPR

FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
NKC = National Kennel Club
APRI = American Pet Registry Inc.
ACR = American Canine Registry
UKC = United Kennel Club
AKC/FSS = American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program
SWDAA = Spanish Water Dog Association of America’s
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.