Spanish Water Dog

Description

The Spanish Water Dog is an average-sized breed with a profuse amount of fur over its eyes. The coat can vary in length and texture, but is typically short and slightly wavy. Its body is sturdy and strong. It has a medium-sized head and muzzle. The ears are moderate in length and hang past its chin. The tail is usually docked.

Temperament

The Spanish Water Dog is very even tempered. it is fine with other dogs, but may treat small pets, such as cats, like prey. Although it is not usually playful, it is a good companion for children. The ideal situation is for it to be raised with any children that will live in its home. It is both an effective watchdog and guard dog.

Height and Weight

The Spanish Water Dog is an average of 15-19 inches tall and weighs an average of 30-50 pounds.

Health Problems

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a condition that many breeds develop. The Spanish Water Dog may develop this condition, in addition to problems of the thyroid and eyes.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Spanish Water Dog can easily adapt to most living conditions. It will do fine in a small space, such as an apartment or condo. If kept outdoors it only needs a small-to-medium yard.

Exercise

Exercise should be a regular routine for the Spanish Water Dog. It has a moderately high energy level and should have plenty of opportunities for physical activity.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Spanish Water Dog is 13 years.

Litter Size

The average lifter is size of the Spanish Water Dog is 6.

Grooming

The coat of the Spanish Water Dog is heavily corded. Brushing and combing are not beneficial for this breed’s coat. It is best to simply use the fingers to separate the cords. The coat doesn’t shed and never needs trimming or clipping.

Origin

The Spanish Water Dog was originally bred in Spain.

Group

Water Dog

Color

The Spanish Water Dog is typically white in color. A combination coat of black and light brown or black and white is also acceptable.