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Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog

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Breed Organization
Spanish Water Dog Club of America
Native Country
Other Names
Perro de Agua Espanol, SWD, Turco Andaluz, Turkish Dog
Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-14 Years
Litter Size
Average 4-6 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Miscellaneous
Breed Appearance
The Spanish Water Dog is a medium sized herding dog that has a curly coat. This breed is slightly longer than tall. The Spanish Water Dog is a versatile dog which is used to gather and drive goat, sheep and other cattle. It has been performing these tasks for centuries in Spain, which is its native country. This breed has also been used as a general farm dog.

Breed Description
Head: Powerful. Flat skull. Stop not very pronounced. Nose color matches that of the coat.
Ears: Triangular and pendulous.
Eyes: Slightly slanted, ranging from hazel to brown.
Body: Stocky. Short, well-muscled neck without dewlap. Withers not very pronounced. Chest broad, well let-down. Well-sprung ribs. Slight tuck-up.
Tail: Docked to the second to fourth caudal vertebra. Sometimes short at birth.
Hair: Always curly with a woolly texture. Wavy or curly when short. May form thick cords when long.
Coat: Solid color: a shade of white, black, or brown. Added hairs: any shade of white and black or white and brown (patching).
Size: Dog: 40 to 50 cm (15.5-19.5 in). Bitch: 38 to 45 cm (15-17.5 in).
Weight: Dog: 16 to 20 kg (35-44 lb). Bitch: 12 to 16 kg (26,5-35 lb).

His origins are thought to match those of the old Barbet. The Spanish Water Dog has been found on the Iberian Peninsula for centuries. He is common especially in Andalusia, where he is used as a sheepdog. He is also known as the Turkish Dog. Currently, he is not commonly bred.

This tough, courageous dog with a well-developed sense of smell is a great aid to fishermen and waterfowl hunters. Merry and even-tempered, he is a good pet.

There are cases of hip dysplasia in the breed. 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 so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

He needs space and exercise, as well as regular brushing.

Sheepdog, Companion Dog.

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