The Spanish Water Dog is an energetic and versatile all-rounder.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Spanish Water Dog.
The Spanish Water Dog has been in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service since 2008 and is also known as the Perro de Agua Espanol. It is an ancient breed from Spain, documented as early as 1110. They are thought to be descendants of Turkish water dogs.
Spanish water dog is something of a misnomer, and they are livestock herding dogs first and foremost. While they are good swimmers and are comfortable in the water, their history involves land-based farm work, and they are brilliant at working with a farmer by sounds and hand signals only, having an almost supernatural ability to communicate and respond on the fly.
3) Affectionate Dog
If you are looking for an affectionate, loving and kind dog that is always cheerful and will be pleased to simply be involved in whatever you are doing, the Spanish water dog is a good pick. They are loyal to their families but also, don’t tend to be shy or wary with strangers, and so can fairly be classed as a personable and open dog that is easy to read and nice to have around.
In appearance, this breed stands out for his curly coat, which can form cords if allowed to grow long. The coat is relatively easy to maintain and needs to be clipped only once or twice a year, although it’s necessary to check regularly for mats and hot spots.
Like most herding and working dog breeds, the Spanish water dog is an energetic, lively breed that needs lots of exercise and time spend on the run. They do not thrive within a sedentary lifestyle, and need long walks every day as well as lots of time playing and doing things. They need mental as well as physical stimulation, and will not be happy if they are left alone for long periods of time, or not permitted to exercise both their minds and bodies regularly and for several hours a day.
Spanish Water Dogs have webbed feet. On fishing boats, their jobs probably include retrieving nets and guarding the catch.
7) Versatile Breed
A very old variety of the Barbet or water dog family, the Spanish Water Dog has three different types. They have been used to herd sheep despite being a water-retrieving dog. For many years, the Spanish has used them as a herder and all-around working dog. However, this breed is still almost unknown outside its hometown. Although always recognized as a multipurpose breed, they have received little attention from professional dog breeders. These dogs can be found mainly on the north coast of Spain, and are now primarily used for goat herding, and also for retrieving ducks. Some owners of this breed claim that they are the most versatile and multifaceted breed that can adapt to any household and have been used as guardian and companion – in addition to water sports, retriever, and search and rescue. In fact, teams of Spanish Water Dogs were sent to Turkey and Mexico as rescue dogs after an earthquake.
The Spanish Water Dog also goes by other names. In Spain, he’s known as Perro de Agua Español (Spanish water dog), Perro Rizado (curly coated dog), Turco Andaluz (Andalusian Turkish dog) and Barbeta.
9) Good Health
While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that it has, just like all other breeds. There are cases of hip dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.
10) Ideal Family Pet
If your family is fit, active lively and loves to spend time out of doors, the Spanish water dog might be the right choice of pet for you. They are medium sized and so a good fit for most homes, and their curly coats do not require a large amount of grooming and maintenance, as they do not tend to get particularly tangled or matted up.