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Spanish Water Dog : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Spanish Water Dog Ratings: - Ease of Training: 6 /10 - Intelligence: 8 /10 - Shedding: 1 /10 - Watchdog: 9 /10 - Guard Dog: 7 /10 - Popularity: 4 /10 - Size: 5 /10 - Agility: 9 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Spanish Water Dog Attributes: Life ... Spanish Water Dog


Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 6/10
- Intelligence: 8/10
- Shedding: 1/10
- Watchdog: 9/10
- Guard Dog: 7/10
- Popularity: 4/10
- Size: 5/10
- Agility: 9/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Spanish Water Dog Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
Litter Size: 4-6 puppies
Group: Miscellaneous Class
Color: Variety of colors such as beige, white, brown, and black. A Spanish Water Dog may also be bi-colored, but the second color must be white. The standards for this breed prohibits people from breeding Spanish Water Dogs that come in three colors.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Medium
Shedding: Does Not Shed
Male Height: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm)
Male Weight: 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg)
Female Height: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Female Weight: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Living Area:
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
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Complete information about Spanish Water Dog Breed:

Overview :

The Spanish Water Dog is rustic, well proportioned of medium weight. The head is strong and carried with elegance. The Skull is flat with only slight marked occipital crest. Axes of skull and muzzle are parallel. The nostrils well defined. The nose is of the same color or slightly darker than the darkest one of the coat. The lips are well fitting; labial corners well defined. The teeth are well-formed, white, with well developed canines. The eyes are slightly oblique position, very expressive; of a hazel to chestnut color, should harmonize with the color of the coat. The conjunctiva is not apparent. The neck is short, well muscled, without dewlap, well set into the shoulders. The body is robust and the topline straight. The withers are hardly marked and the back is straight and powerful. The croup is slightly sloping. The chest is broad and well-let down-ribs well arched; diameter of thorax ample indicating considerable respiratory capacity. The belly is slightly tucked up. The tail is set at medium height. Docking must be done at the height of the 2nd to the 4th vertebra. Certain subjects show a congenital shortened tail (brachyouria). The forequarters are strong and vertical. The shoulders are well muscled and oblique. The upper arms are sturdy and the elbows are close to the chest and parallel. The forearms are straight and sturdy. The front feet are rounded, toes tight, nails of varied colors, resistant pads. The hundquarters are perfectly vertical with not too pronounced angulations and muscles capable of transmitting to the body a very energetic impulsion and the spring necessary for easy and elegant jumping. The upper thighs are long and well muscled. The skin is supple, fine and well adhering to the body. Can be pigmented brown or black, or be without pigment according to the color of the coat. The same applies to the mucous membranes. The coat is always curly and of woolly texture. Curly when short, can form cords when long. Clipped subjects are admitted; the clipping, always complete and even, must never become and (aesthetic) grooming. The recommended maximum length of the hair for shows is 12 cm (15 cm extending the curl) and minimum is 3 cm to see the quality of the curl. The puppies always are born with curly hair. Colors include white, black and chestnut in their different shades. Bicoloured: White and black or white and brown in their different shades. Tricoloured subjects and black and tan, as well as hazelnut and tan dogs are not admitted.

Spanish Water Dog History :

The Spanish Water Dog is a very old ancient breed. However, its exact origin is not conclusively known. There are a number of theories concerning the history and origin of this breed. According to one account, it has been suggested that Turkish merchants brought the Spanish Water Dog along with other types of livestock to the South Iberian Peninsula. Another account suggested that this breed has a North African origin. Even though these theories can not be 100% confirmed, there is written documentation that in 1100 AD, there was a woolly coated dog that was present on the Iberian Peninsula. Most historians agree that these woolly coated dogs were the predecessors to the most water dogs. The Spanish Water Dog was used mainly for herding goats and sheep in the country of Spain. In the 18th century, there was a large company that was in charge of moving livestock (including the Spanish Water Dog) from south of Spain to the northern part of the country and back. They were looking for grazing grounds that were fertile. As a result of this, these dogs were found all around the country. When France invaded Spain, this movement of the Spanish Water Dog began to slow down. Those who were part of the French Aristocracy began to admire the Spanish Water dog so they brought it back to France, particularly Paris. There are paintings that show both Spanish and French royalty with the Spanish Water Dog. As the Industrial Revolution began to make its presence felt in northern Span and Madrid, shepherds in other areas of Spain began to replace their herding dogs with Belgian Shepherds and German Shepherd dogs. However, in the southern part of Spain, the Spanish Water Dog did better and that continued to work, especially in mountain areas. Also, in various port areas, the Spanish Water Dog was used to help tow boats to shore. To this day, the Spanish Water Dog is still working in southern Andalucia in Spain in the mountainous areas. They continue to herd sheep and goats in primarily the same way they have for one thousand years. They also perform more modern services for the Spanish government. They now help with bomb sniffing and search and rescue.

Spanish Water Dog Temperament and Character :

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.

Spanish Water Dog Health Care :

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully. All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing. Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

Spanish Water Dog Grooming :

First one must determine what duties the dog will undertake. Will he be used for hunting, water-sports, agility or some other form of work, or will he be a show dog. As a working dog you might want to shear the dog often as the coat will hinder his work in the bush while hunting, the hair will be broken of on the branches in the woods thus causing him to have an un-kept look, however if you shear him down he will always look clean and neat. The SWD is a rustic working dog. The coat of the SWD should never be combed or brushed. When allowed to grow, the coat may form cords. To maintain the coat, bathe only when necessary, using a mild shampoo without heavy conditioners. During the bath, the coat should never be rubbed excessively, the soap should be worked through the coat as if washing a sweater. After the dog is allowed to shake, the coat may be blotted with a towel, never rubbed vigorously. Allow the dog to air dry, or use a crate dryer, never a blow dryer. The coat will naturally mat which is what forms the cords. If the coat becomes excessively matted, the cords can be separated by pulling the mats apart with your fingers down to the skin. For show dogs, the Spanish Water Dog should never be aesthetically groomed. The cords should never be trimmed. The coat should be sheared down at least once a year (or more if you prefer a shorter coat) using a #5 blade on the entire body which leaves 1/4 inch of hair, including the head, and the ears. Once or twice a week one should look behind the ears and the area where he sits and with your fingers separate any cords that might bind together. Bathe as needed, drying takes some time. Consistent minimal work is needed to help develop the proper cording. The Spanish Water Dog does not shed it's coat and is a single coated breed. While this produces less dander, people with severe allergies should use caution. The Spanish Water Dog is a hypo-allergenic dog (meaning LESS allergies) but not a non-allergenic dog. Some people are allergic to the saliva and urine as well as the dander. If there are concerns about allergies, it is recommended that one spends time with the Spanish Water Dog to see if they are indeed allergic.

Spanish Water Dog Training :

The Spanish Water Dog will do well with an owner who is active. They really need an experienced owner. This is not the best choice for a first time dog owner. This breed tends to respond better to positive training, but its said that Spanish Water Dogs are quick learners.

Spanish Water Dog Activity and Exercise :

The Spanish Water Dog should get plenty of exercise, which includes a daily walk. They are energetic and lively and are in their glory when allowed to romp and play. As young puppies (from 1 month to 7 months of age), their exercise should never be over-taxed, to avoid possible bone an 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.

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