The Dog of water Spanish (Spanish Water Dog) It is a breed of dog originally from Spain, traditionally used as pastor, Assistant in boats and hunting. The breed was recognized by the Royal Canine society of Spain in 1985 and by the Federation Cynologique internationale in 1999.
Possibly, the earlier Turkish Andalusian or current dog of water Spanish, the main trunk and origin of almost all European water dogs sub-razas (Barbet, Water Spaniel - virtually extinct-, Portuguese Water Dog, Poodle, Lagotto Romagnolo, “Irish Water Spaniel“, Spaniel Dutch., the new dog Water Bay of Biscay…).
There are several theories about the origin of the dog of water Spanish. The most widely accepted considers it an archaic race introduced in Europe during the Iberian Peninsula Islamic invasion initiated in the year 711. Course entered by the South settled in Andalusia where it had and settled in the territory of Al Andalus. Several centuries later through gorges and waterways reached other countries of Western Europe (Portugal, Italy, Flanders, England, Ireland… etc.), where probably merged forming related groups.
Ancient documents (14Th centuries, 16Th and 17TH) We are already talking of the massive presence of dogs of water Spanish in Seville, its port in the Guadalquivir River and its wetlands.
The majority geographical distribution of water Spanish dog traditionally focuses on Andalusia and Extremadura.
Prior to its official recognition as a race, These dogs have received various popular names depending on the area. In Andalusia receive the name of “Turkish Andalou” and in Extremadura “Churrino“. The traditional functions of the dog of water Spanish have been the dog, Hunter and Assistant of fishermen.
Due to its great versatility today is used in multiple work camp, urban and sports. Like this, We found dogs: careadores, fishermen, hunters, rescue (fire units), against drugs in customs (Police and Civil Guard), detecting poisoned baits (Save forest), for therapies (Psychotherapists, Psychologists, hospitals…), for testing of work, obedience and agility and, of course, they are mostly of company.
Despite being a race of ancient and uncertain origin, the Spanish official cinología showed no interest in it until the beginning of the Decade of 1980. In 1982, After his presentation in the canine world exhibition in Valencia, the Real canine SociedAnd of Spain recognized as provisionally accepted race, their first standard was developed and opened the initial recognition of the race. They included 49 specimens, mostly from Cádiz, Sevilla and Malaga, Although there were also copies of the cornisa Cantábrica and Extremadura. In 1985 the Royal Canine society of Spain recognized the race permanently.
However, the Cantabrian water dog, without having been recognised by the Royal Canine society of Spain or the Federation Cynologique Internationale, It was listed as independent race for the race Committee of the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente the 22 in March of 2011.
At the international level, the Federation Cynologique Internationale admitted the race on a provisional basis in 1986, can occur since contests but without options to obtain the CACIB (Certificate of fitness international champion of beauty).
In 1999, during the Assembly held in Mexico on the occasion of the World Championship, the race was finally accepted by the FCI, being able to compete since then by the CACIB and obtain the title of international champion.
The water Spanish dog is rustic, Middleweight eumétrico, sublogilíneas proportions, Harmonic, Athletic complexion and muscular well due to the constant functional gym exercising; Sub-convex profile with a tendency to straight; view, smell and very developed ear.
The appeal to the cross is situated between 44 and 50 cm for males and 40 a 46 cm., for females. Males weigh in 18 a 22 kg and females in 14 a 18 kg.
His head is strong, of elegant porte; the relationship between length of skull and face will be approximately 1.5 / 1. Flat skull with some marked occipital Crest. Soft and little sharp frontal trough. Sub-convex profile with a tendency to rectilinear face. Nose with nostrils well defined, It truffle pigmented equal to or stronger than the darker tone of his coat. Lips; the maxilla and mandibular contact in a very defined lip corner.
Well formed teeth, soft, developed tusks. Slightly oblique eyes, very expressive look; Hazelnut color to Brown IRIS, still desired a tonality according to the layer; apparent ocular conjunctiva. Triangular ears and fall of average insertion. Short and muscular neck, with perfect Union to the trunk without jowl. Robust trunk, arched ribs, with great breathing capacity bicostal diameter. Little pronounced cross. Powerful chest, collected belly, well linked to the rump steak, slightly inclined grupa.
The tail is of average insertion. Puppies are born with or without, in his case it must amputate from the second to the fourth vertebra coccyx. The preferred way is the trot, Although he develops a range of careers, jumps, twists and turns great showmanship that shows an inexhaustible energy.
Its skin is flexible, fine and well attached to the body. Can be pigmented in chestnut, black, or despigmentada according to the darker tone of his coat, like all the mucous membranes.
The hair is long and uniform in all its bodily forms always curly and Bristly consistency. Copies of long hair will be accepted, well sheared, as well as those who have also cut the hair of face, hands and feet; under no circumstances the aesthetically esquilados.
With regard to the fur, all monocolores layers and bi-coloured compound uniforms are allowed, being always present white. Any puppy dog of water Spanish should be peeled between three and four months of age is where it is, North or South. The following bare will be per year, namely, to the 15 or 16 months of the animal. Until we get as a rule a peeled annual spring.
Character and skills
Water Spanish dog belongs according to the classification of the FCI group VIII, section 3, namely, It is considered as a collection and more - dog specifically- a water dog. However, they have traditionally been used as shepherds dogs, in the conduct of sheep and goats, as well as in the pigmeat and beef.
Because of their great capacity for learning it is currently used by the bodies of Spanish firefighters in their rescue and rescue teams, having spoken specimens of this breed in the disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch. It is also possible to see them in the company of the Civil Guard in search for drugs and explosives in airports, ports and customs.
Within the canine sport, the dog of water Spanish is making a dent in the world of the agility, with some Spain champions and world runner-up in Elite Finland, Ubrique. The agility, It is not a classical proof of work in which copies of race can only participate, but that is rather a combination of competition and show open to all sorts of dogs. The owner also participates in the proof accompanying your dog. Cooperation and good friendship between the members of the team are determinants (dogs and people).
It is a faithful dog, obedient, joyful, laborious, courageous and balanced; of great capacity for learning by his extraordinary understanding, amoldable to different situations and conditions.
Thanks to its appearance of Teddy, as well as his active nature, Intelligent, cheerful and balanced, It has achieved a position in the company breeds, they are highly valued in Northern Europe and United States.
- Otros nombres: Turco andaluz / Perro turco / Churrino / Spanischer Wasserhund / Chien d’eau Espagnol.
- Group 8 / Section 3 – Water Dogs.
Dogs breeds: Dog of water Spanish