Spanish Water Dog
España FCI 336 . Water Dogs

Perro de Agua Español

The Spanish Water Dog is a faithful dog, obedient, joyful, laborious, courageous and balanced. It is a breed little seen outside of Spain.



Se sabe poco sobre los orígenes del Spanish Water Dog. Some dog experts believe they are descended from African dogs or are related to other European spaniels., as the Portuguese Water Dog, o con razas turcas o húngaras de pastoreo y guarda de rebaños.

Dogs of this type were hardworking helpers on Spanish farms., in the mines and in the fishing villages, where they performed many functions, like grazing, the recuperation, rat patrol and protection. Sus características físicas, especially its fur, they are adapted to the variations of humidity and dryness of the marshy regions. This makes him a versatile dog., able to adapt to the needs not only demanded of a shepherd dog, but also a fishing dog and a waterfowl hunter.

With mechanization and migration of people to cities from rural areas, dogs were less necessary for their traditional work, but people interested in the breed strove to preserve it, starting in 1975 with collecting a variety of dogs from various areas, la cría selectiva para mantener su aspecto y capacidad de trabajo, y la orientación de sus talentos hacia nuevos trabajos como la búsqueda y el rescate y la detección de drogas y bombas.

In the news, su población más densa se encuentra en Andalucía, where it is usually used as a sheepdog. In this part of Spain it is often known as “Turkish dog”.

Physical characteristics

The Spanish Water Dog es rústico, Middleweight eumétrico, proporciones sublogilíneas, armónico, Athletic complexion and muscular well due to the constant functional gym exercising; perfil subconvexo con tendencia a rectilíneo; view, olfato y oído muy desarrollado.

La alzada a la cruz se sitúa entre 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. Cara de perfil subconvexo con tendencia a rectilínea. 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. Orejas triangulares y caída de inserción media. 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, en su caso debe amputarse de la segunda a la cuarta vértebra coxígea. The preferred way is the trot, Although he develops a range of careers, jumps, giros y quiebros de gran espectacularidad que demuestra una energía inagotable.

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, así como también los que tengan cortado el pelo de cara, hands and feet; bajo ningún concepto los esquilados estéticamente.

With regard to the fur, all monocolores layers and bi-coloured compound uniforms are allowed, being always present white. Any Spanish Water Dog puppy should be skinned between three and four months of age wherever it is, North or South. The following bare will be per year, that is to say, to the 15 or 16 months of the animal. Y así hasta conseguir como norma un pelado anual en primavera.

Character and skills

The Spanish Water Dog pertenece según la clasificación de la FCI al Grupo VIII, section 3, that is to say, está considerado como un perro de cobro y más –concretamente- a water dog. However, they have traditionally been used as shepherds dogs, in the conduct of sheep and goats, así como en el porcino y bovino.

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. También es posible verlos en compañía de la Guardia Civil en búsqueda de drogas y explosivos en aeropuertos, ports and customs.

Within the canine sport, the Spanish Water Dog is finding a place in the world of 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, así como a su carácter activo, Intelligent, cheerful and balanced, ha conseguido un puesto dentro de las razas de compañía, they are highly valued in Northern Europe and United States.


All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, like all people have the potential to inherit a certain disease. Huya, do not walk, de cualquier criador que no ofrezca una garantía de salud sobre sus cachorros, to tell you that the breed is 100% healthy and has no known problems, or tell you that your puppies are isolated from the main part of the house for health reasons. Un criador reputado será honesto y abierto sobre los problemas de salud de la raza y la incidencia con la que se producen en sus líneas.

The Spanish Water Dog can develop certain health problems, among them

  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

The main problems observed in the breed are hip dysplasia and allergies. Other problems seem to occur less frequently. Other conditions that can be seen in the breed are exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, la enfermedad de Addison, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, myasthenia gravis and seizures.

These conditions are not necessarily widespread in the breed., but you must know them when looking for your puppy.

Los criadores cuidadosos examinan a sus perros de cría en busca de enfermedades genéticas y crían sólo a los ejemplares más sanos y de mejor aspecto, pero a veces la madre naturaleza tiene otras ideas y un cachorro desarrolla una de estas enfermedades a pesar de las buenas prácticas de cría. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that, in many cases, dogs can live well. If you are getting a puppy, pregunte al criador sobre la edad de los perros de su línea y de qué han muerto.

¿Tendrá su Spanish Water Dog some or all of these diseases? Not necessarily, but it's smart to know the possibilities.

Recuerde que después de haber acogido a un nuevo cachorro en su casa, you have the power to protect him from one of the most common health problems in all dogs: the obesity. The breed standard requires that the Spanish Water Dog weigh between 9 and 15 kg. If you can't see the waist of your Spanish Water Dog the feel (but not see) his ribs, it's time to talk to your vet about a weight management program. Keep a Spanish Water Dog at a proper weight is one of the easiest ways to protect your overall health. Take advantage of diet and exercise to help ensure a healthier dog for life.


The Spanish Water Dog has only one coat, lo que significa que tiene poco o ningún subpelo. Does not change much, aunque sí pierde pelos, just like people. El pelaje único y rizado suele hacer creer a la gente que el Spanish Water Dog it is hypoallergenic, but all dogs produce allergens to some extent in their dander, saliva and urine. If you have allergies, debería pasar un tiempo con varios perros de esta raza para determinar si reacciona a ellos.

The toilet of the Spanish Water Dog It is easy. Usually, the coat is trimmed once or twice a year to about 2 centímetros en todo el cuerpo, including head and ears. Between one cut and another, no need to comb, brushing or drying the coat, as all this can damage the texture and shape of the curls.

However, it is important to check the coat regularly for specks and hot spots, especially behind the ears and in the area where the legs join the body. The incidence of mats can be reduced by separating the fingers when stroking the dog and not rubbing the coat in a circular motion.

If it is allowed to grow, the fur of the Spanish Water Dog can be cordoned off, forming long tight curls that look like dreadlocks. Some work and supervision is needed to ensure the laces are formed properly and groomed properly. Your dog's breeder can explain how it is done and how to maintain a corded coat..

When your Spanish Water Dog get dirty, báñelo con un champú suave y seguro para mascotas. Aplíquelo en el pelaje con suavidad, like hand washing a cashmere sweater. Rinse well with lukewarm water and, then, use your hands to wring out excess water. Dry the fur with a towel, being careful not to rub it roughly. Let your dog air dry in a warm, draft-free place.

The rest is basic care. Córtale las uñas cada una o dos semanas y cepíllale los dientes a menudo -con una pasta de dientes para mascotas aprobada por el veterinario- for good general health and fresh breath.

Characteristics "Spanish Water Dog"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Spanish Water Dog" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
  • Section 3: Water Dogs. Working trial optional.


  • FCI – Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs – Section 3: Water Dogs
  • AKCSporting
  • ​KC – Gundog
  • NZKCGundog
  • UKCGun Dogs

FCI breed standard "Spanish Water Dog"

FCIFCI - Spanish Water Dog

Alternative names:

    1. SWD, Perro de agua español (English).
    2. Perro de Agua Español, Chien turc (French).
    3. Perro de Agua Español, Türkenhund, Andalusischer Türke (German).
    4. (em castelhano perro de agua español) (Portuguese).
    5. Turco andaluz, Perro turco, Churrino (español).
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  1. Hello, good morning, I am writing to you from the Colombian-Venezuelan border city., I have a water one year Spanish bitch and want to exchange it to maintain its pure-bred, thank you and have a very happy day . . .


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