The Spanish Water Dog has a long and rich history. The breed's characteristics have varied between countries. They have been used shepherds, water retrievers, and guard dogs.
The Spanish Water Dogs are versatile dogs.
Today they are first and foremost companion dogs.
The Spanish Water Dog is a medium-sized breed with a medium need for activity. However, They require an abundant amount of mental stimuli to thrive.
Some individuals have shepherd instincts, others have hunting instincts, and some have guard instincts.
Others can even have a combination.
Arguably, the breed is best suited for experienced dog owners.
Their versatility makes them eligible for several dog sports.
For example, agility, obedience, rally obedience, water work, and even show dogs.
They are also commonly used as sniffer dogs.
Owners of Spanish Water Dogs describe them as happy, brave, funny, wise, willing to learn, independent and friendly.
However, some individuals are reserved (not the most social breed), but Spanish Water Dogs are not aggressive. It is in their nature to alert when strangers arrive.
The Spanish Water Dog is a healthy breed.
Can you not tolerate shedding? Do not despair. Spanish Water Dog does not shed.
Even if they don't shed, their coat needs maintenance at regular intervals. Longhaired individuals will naturally require more care than short-cut individuals.
Spanish Water Dog is considered to be a healthy breed. Some health implications can still occur.
For Spanish water dogs, it is primarily hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) that occurs.
Healthy individuals have a life expectancy of 11-13 years.