Romagna Water Dog
Italia FCI 298 . Water Dogs

Romagna Water Dog

The Romagna Water Dog not suitable for sedentary people or living in the city.

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History

The Lagotto Romagnolo, or “Romagna Water Dog”, descended from the Italian dogs that were used to recover game from the water. In fact, your name means “Dog of the lakes of Romagna” in Italian, reflecting its original use and the northern Italian region from which it came, the Romaña.

It was used at least since the Italian Renaissance for this task, especially in the swamps and lagoons present in his native region. In addition to keeping their masters company and watching over their homes, he was also very good at recovering dead ducks that were in the water. They are the Italian equivalent of the Spanish Spaniel and the Irish Spaniel.. Many specialists believe that Romagna Water Dog is the oldest breed of Retrievers and that it is the distant ancestor of many more recent races, as the Golden Retriever, the Portuguese Water Dog and the Poodle. It is also believed to be one of the oldest Italian dog breeds.

The first trace of a similar animal dates back to the 15th century, and more specifically to 1474, in a fresco called Parete dell’Incontro, painted by italian Andrea Mantegna. It was also described by the philosopher Erasmus (1466 – 1536) and appeared in some works of the engraver Marcantonio Raimondi (1480 – 1534).

Later, in the XVIII century, the famous naturalist Carl von Linné (1707-1778) described a Mediterranean spaniel that looked very much like the Romagna Water Dog.

Towards the end of the 19th century, much of the marshes in the area were drained into farmland, leaving the Romagna Water Dog jobless. However, farmers and other owners soon discovered that he had a great talent for finding truffles, highly appreciated in the world of gastronomy. In fact, this dog's excellent sense of smell, combined with his thick fur that protected him from the branches, brambles and other weeds, made it very efficient. This change of use also implied certain changes in the traits of the breed: his primitive hunting instinct weakened, while he developed an iron concentration very useful in the search for truffles. These two facts were combined so that you would not be distracted by the game when you were working.

However, the number of people hunting for truffles was much less than the number of people hunting. As a result, the breed's population decreased dramatically, so that by the middle of the 20th century there were only a few Romagna Water Dog. In addition, truffle hunters weren't really interested in developing a breed in their own right: as long as the dog was good at his task, it seemed good to them. As a result, at the beginning of the 20th century there was a certain decrease in interest in the selection of this dog and several poorly thought-out crosses were made with other breeds.

The rescue and diffusion of the breed in the 20th century

Over the years 70, some thought that the Lagotto Romagnolo had completely disappeared. However, there were still some left in Italy, and some passionate breeders took important steps to preserve them. The group was led by Quintino Toschi, breeder and judge of Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI), the main canine organization in the country. With the support of the veterinarian Antonio Marsiano and from another lover of the Lagotto, Lodovico Babini, a selection program was launched to save the dog from extinction that loomed over him. In 1988, they founded a breed club, the Club Italiano Lagotto, and they did a great job to get the breed to develop again in good condition.

The work carried out by this group was a success and allowed the Lagotto Romagnolo was recognized by the ENCI in 1992.

Then it began to be known and spread abroad, particularly in Europe (France, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Great Britain…), but also much beyond, as in Australia and the United States. Although in some of these countries truffles are not as abundant as in Romagna, the Lagotto found its place in families as a watchdog and companion dog. It is also possible to find them - although much more rarely- in the water courses, as hunting retrievers.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognized the breed provisionally in 1995. Ten years later, in 2005, granted him full recognition.

In 1997, was founded the Unione Mondiale dei Club Lagotto Romagnolo (Lagotto Romagnolo Club World Union), in view of the worldwide expansion of the breed. Chaired by the Dr. Giovanni Morsiani, allowed to preserve the original traits of the breed and coordinate quality breeding programs around the world.

That same year a breed club was founded in the United States., the Lagotto Club of America.

In 2001, the American Kennel Club (AKC) agreed to enroll the Lagotto in its Foundation Stock Service, a prerequisite for full recognition that occurred in 2015. The other reference organization in the United States, the United Kennel Club (UKC), recognized her in 2006.

In canada, the Lagotto Romagnolo debuted in 1999. The first specimen imported into the country came from a famous Italian kennel called Farnie. That same year a first calf was created in Alberta. Others followed him in 2000 and 2004, respectively in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Although these pioneer hatcheries no longer exist today, contributed greatly to the spread of the breed in the Canadian territory. The breed was provisionally recognized in 2012 by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), and then definitely in 2016.

At last, en el Reino Unido, the romanian spaniel was accepted by the prestigious Kennel Club in the year 2000.

Photo: “Lagotto romagnolo” of 6 meses by XTY78, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Distribution and popularity

After having been on the verge of extinction half a century ago, the Romagna Water Dog seems to be as popular today in its home country as it was at times in its history, and it is even more and more successful.

Like this, while the number of annual registrations in the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI) was around the 1.500 early in the decade 2010, reached the 2.000 in 2014 and even approached the 2.500 at the end of the decade.

In France, the Romagna Water Dog has quickly conquered hearts. At the beginning of the 21st century, the number of dogs registered each year in the LOF (French Origins Book) you could count on the fingers of one hand. A midyear 2000 he was already in his fifties, and then shot up to exceed 300 at the end of the decade. The success of Lagotto did not stop in the decade of 2010, quite the contrary: they ended up with some 500 births per year.

In Switzerland, the Lagotto is also well represented. According to statistics from the official Amicus database, in 2017 it was the 28th most represented breed in the country, at around 3.500 animals.

On the other hand, in the UK it is much more discreet, although it seems that it begins to break through. Since the decade of 2000 until early next, there was no more than 20 or 30 births per year registered in the Kennel Club. However, this figure reached about 50 in the mid 2010, and then tripled in no time, to the point of ending the decade with more than 150 by year.

The Lagotto Romagnolo it is also small in the United States. The Lagotto Romagnolo is in the middle of the breed ranking based on the number of annual AKC registrations, around the post 100.

However, the breed has spread around the world in recent decades, with a success in some countries that was not easy to imagine. This is the case of Australia, where the first records in the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) go back to the year 2000. Just fifteen years later, in the middle of the Decade of 2010, the organization already counted between 300 and 400 annual births.

Physical characteristics

The Lagotto Romagnolo it is a small to medium sized dog, solid build and rather square profile. In fact, its length should be approximately equal to its height at the withers. They give an overall impression of robustness and strength.

The back is straight and muscular, with a strong and slightly convex loin. The chest is well developed and reaches to the elbows.

The tail is covered with stiff, woolly hair. It is not too high or too low and reaches the level of the hocks.

The front legs are well muscled with a fine but robust bone structure. Their feet are rounded and compact, with clenched fingers. As for the hind legs, they are very powerful, while still being well proportioned. The feet are a little more oval than the front ones, with slightly less arched fingers. On all legs, the pads are very resistant, the claws well curved and solid.

The skull is quite wide and slightly convex when viewed from the side. Neck is strong, muscular and much more massive in males than in females.

The ears are medium-sized and triangular in shape, but rather rounded at the tips. They are hanging and reach the level of the dog's jaws.

The eyes are round, large and quite far apart. Its color can be ocher, dark brown or hazelnut. Then already Romagna Water Dog a very attentive and lively expression.

The muzzle is quite wide and slightly shorter than the skull. Finish off with a nose that can range from flesh-colored to dark brown., it is quite large and has large nostrils.

The lips are rather thin and covered with long and somewhat bristly whiskers.. They cover powerful scissor-shaped jaws.

The skin is quite fine and pigmented. Goes from very light to dark brown, According to the color of the fur.

The coat consists, first, in a highly water resistant underlayer. It is covered by a very dense top layer, curly and woolly. The tight curls give the impression that the dog is disheveled all over the body. The curls are a little looser on the head, showing the beard, the mustache and bushy eyebrows.

The coat can be whitish, white with brown or orange highlights, orange red, brownish red or completely brown (in any shade of this color). Tan markings are also allowed in all shades, regardless of the dog's coat color.

It is worth mentioning that the fur of the Lagotto Romagnolo takes time to acquire its characteristic appearance, since it is not until 2 or 3 years of age. In effect, her curls form only very gradually; when it is still a puppy, its fur is very soft.

Last but not least, the breed is characterized by a certain sexual dimorphism. In addition to having a more solid neck than the female, the male is usually taller and more massive than the female.

Size and weight
    ▷ Male size: 43 – 48 cm.
    ▷ Female size: 41 – 46 cm..
    ▷ Male weight: 13 – 16 kg
    ▷ Female weight: 11 – 14 kg

Character and skills

The Lagotto Romagnolo is smart and lively, but he is also close to his family, with which he enjoys.

This is especially true of the very young., which makes it a very good dog breed choice for children. Their high energy level allows you to spend hours playing with them without tiring. However, as with any of his peers, should never be left alone with a young child without adult supervision. This is all the more true since it has a relatively high energy level and could, for example, unintentionally pushing or even knocking down your young partner.

The Romagna Water Dog he also gets along very well with other dogs, whether they live in the same house or just pass each other on a walk. Having largely lost the strong hunting instinct of a few centuries ago, they can also get along with other animals such as cats, rodents and birds. If you have to share your home with one of them, coexistence is so much easier as it is established as soon as you get home. In any case, it is important to socialize him well from an early age and get him used to meeting representatives of other species: this way you will have less desire to chase them throughout your life. In any case, if he is not well socialized and his hunting instinct tends to prevail, or if you do not respond perfectly to the call for attention, it may be preferable to walk it on a leash than in freedom.

The sense of smell is not the only one that is very acute in this dog. In fact, he also has excellent hearing, that allows you to hear from afar anyone who approaches you. In addition, fully fulfills the role of alert dog, barking and warning his owner as soon as an unknown person approaches his house. However, your role ends there: as it is not one of those who threaten or impress, not really a good watchdog.

The Lagotto Romagnolo tends to keep some distance from strangers at first, even if they are invited by their master and the introductions are done correctly: it may take a while before they trust. However, once well socialized and educated, he ends up getting used to their presence and is very friendly with them. In fact, some of the breed representatives are open enough to be used as psychological support dogs, visiting hospitals, schools or even prisons, and bringing comfort wherever they go.

To accept new people, you have to be comfortable in your own home, as well as on its paws. To do this, you should be physically active for at least one hour a day, for example, through walks, Games, puzzles or dog sports like agility or flyball. His physical abilities and stamina also allow him to happily accompany the sportsmen in their careers., mountain bike rides or hikes. However, it can also be a good match for retired people, as long as they stay active enough and can get enough of it every day. In any case, how you tend to get bored easily, It is convenient to offer you varied activities and regularly change the places of your walk.

Swimming is also a great way to get your dog to exercise.. In fact, the centuries that it has spent being used as a waterfowl retriever explain that it is a dog that loves water. Loves swimming and enjoys every moment spent in a lake or river. One of his favorite games is to go to find and recover the objects that his master throws into the water..

If you are not given enough opportunity to exercise and get bored, or if it suffers a lack of attention from its owners (either because they are absent too often and for too long, or because they neglect him), the Romagna Water Dog is likely to develop a number of undesirable behaviors. In particular, may start barking untimely and become excessively loud. If you have access to a garden, can start digging holes to search for objects or food under the ground. Degrading objects or stealing food are also part of their history. All these behaviors are the sign of a psychological distress that is important to treat, and for which the owner is often responsible.

On the other hand, as long as your needs for attention and physical activity are respected, the Romagna Water Dog he is a very affectionate companion, that he does not stop appreciating the most cuddly moments and that he is very calm.

In addition, as long as I have enough outings and activities, can be fully adapted to life in the city and in an apartment, although the ideal environment for him remains a house with access to a garden. However, it is not a question of relegating it to the bottom of the garden, for example in a kennel: I would hardly tolerate it and separation anxiety symptoms would be very likely to appear.

Last but not least, It should be noted that the female of the Lagotto Romagnolo reaches psychological maturity long before the male.

Education

The Lagatto Romagnolo he is intelligent and devoted: very eager to please, he has in his heart to understand what his owner wants, and meet your expectations. This makes it an easy dog ​​to train and suitable even for a beginner..

The most experienced people can go a long way in their education, because it was selected to quickly understand complex commands. It is not by chance that he often shines in obedience competitions.

Having said that, the practice in which you can excel the most is, of course, truffle hunt, allowing you to exploit your developed sense of smell. This does not require a great effort, since it is very easy to train a truffle dog, as long as you know how to do it.

Whatever your future mission, it is best to base the training of the Romagna Water Dog in playful and varied exercises. In effect, his intelligence and alertness mean that he can get bored quickly if the sessions are repetitive. It is also important not to go for methods that are too strict for your taste.; it is better to bet on positive reinforcement, that motivates you to learn and makes things easier.

In any case, the fact that he is docile and obedient does not exempt you from having clear house rules, and to teach you quickly. As with any dog, You have to decide from the beginning what you can do and what you are not allowed to do., and try to keep it after, namely, be consistent over time. This consistency should also apply from one family member to another.: everyone must enforce the same rules, uniformly. If these conditions are not respected, the child is likely confused, having difficulty understanding what is expected of him, what is and what is not allowed.

Health

The Lagotto Romagnolo it is a generally resistant dog: when you are not experiencing any major health problems, can live long enough until 17 years, which is significantly above the average of its congeners that have such a template.

In addition, its thick coat protects it not only from water and humidity, but also from the cold., it can live very well in significantly less accommodating climates than its native Italy., its origins explain that it is not particularly sensitive to high temperatures.

Despite his good general health, It, like all races, particularly susceptible to certain diseases, in this case, is about:

  • The Hip Dysplasia, a disease whose onset may be favored by a hereditary predisposition, which especially affects medium to large sized dogs.This is an abnormal conformation of the hip joint, that can cause pain, lameness and some difficulty moving.It also promotes the formation ofosteoarthritis aAs the animal ages, if the problem is detected early, some surgeries can delay the effects of the disease or relieve symptoms;
  • The Dysplasiadelcodo, a developmental problem of the elbow joint that causes pain or lameness., also leads to the development ofosteoarthritis.Like hip, a hereditary predisposition may increase the likelihood of it occurring Consequences can be limited thanks to surgical intervention, to be done as soon as possible;
  • The juvenile epilepsy, an inherited disease of the nervous system characterized by seizures, generally observable from the first 5 - 9 puppy weeks.In the majority of cases, symptoms go away on their own around the 4 months of age, although some dogs with the disease continue to experience occasional episodes of seizures into adulthood.The gene that originates it is particularly widespread in Lagotto Romagnolo: according to the data provided by the laboratories that carry out the tests to identify the disease (Optigen in the United States, Mydogdna in Germany and Genoscoper in Finland) 46. % of the representatives of the tested breed carry it., only 3% of the total population actually suffer from the symptoms of the disease;
  • The ataxia cerebelosa, a neurological disease causing an inherited movement coordination disorder., it is also a source of involuntary muscle contractures problems.There is no treatment forla ataxia cerebelosa, whose symptoms worsen and lead todog euthanasiaabout two years after its appearance;
  • Abiotrofia cerebelosa, a nerve condition that can be inherited and is caused by the degeneration of certain brain cells Its main symptoms are tremors and inappropriate movements, especially when facing an obstacle.There is no cure for this disease, but it does not cause physical suffering to the dog., as the situation progressively worsens, there comes a time when the disability is too severe, so euthanasia is recommended;
  • Distrofia neuroaxonal, which corresponds to an accumulation of various substances in neurons. It is the particular cause of head tremors, Balance disorders or even falls These symptoms usually appear in the puppy's first month There is no treatment for this potentially inherited disease, which very often leads to the euthanasia of the animal;
  • Lysosomal storage disease, an inherited neurological disorder that often leads to euthanasia., is at the origin of uncoordinated movements and loss of balance, according to a study published in 2015 in the scientific journal PLOS Genetics and entitled “Missense in the ATG4D gene links aberrant autophagy with neurodegenerative vacuolar storage disease“, approximately 12% of the Lagotti are carriers of the genetic mutation at the origin of this disease There is no cure and things are only getting worse;Therefore, an affected subject dies very young or ends up being euthanized.
  • The waterfall, a disease causing progressive loss of vision due to clouding of the lens, sometimes inherited and mainly affecting the elderly, can be cured with a surgical operation;
  • Infections ofear (otitis, etc.), due to the hanging shape of his ears.

In addition, the Romagna Water Dog also poses a risk of being overweight. Not to be taken lightly, since being overweight can lead to various health problems, but also aggravate pathologies already present in the affected animal.

However, Many of the diseases to which the breed is exposed are or may be of hereditary origin., the utmost vigilance is required when choosing acreator of Lagotto Romagnolo.A professional worthy of the name, as well as ensuring that your puppies benefit from good socialization from their first weeks, is committed to maximizing the chances that they will be healthy and stay that way., is in charge of carefully selecting its breeders, making them pass various genetic tests to avoid any transmission to their descendants of a possible hereditary defect., must be able to present the results of such tests, that may also have been done on the little ones themselves., must present a veterinary certificate attesting to the good health of the puppy whose adoption is being considered, as well as your health or vaccination history, the latter in particular confirms that the animal has received the various required vaccinations.

Once the latter returns to his new home, It is worth remembering that a dog is particularly vulnerable during its first few months., inappropriate physical activities (too long and / or too intense) can easily cause injury, but also affect the proper development of bones and joints, with potentially long-lasting consequences., it is better to wait for him to reach adulthood to take him for long walks or hunt for truffles for hours, for example.This is even more true that this breed is particularly prone to some joint problems (Hip Dysplasiaandelbow dysplasia).

From then on, It is not because you are an adult that you should no longer worry about your health., should benefit like any dog ​​from close monitoring, including a visit to the vet once a year, and even more regularly when you are older, this allows the professional to perform a complete check-up of your health, and sometimes detect a problem that a less informed eye like the owner's could not, yet, This is also the perfect time to take any booster dose.

In addition to the diseases against which the latter protect you, it is also necessary to ensure that you are permanently protected against parasites and the risks they imply.Therefore, It is the responsibility of the owner to renew the antiparasitic treatments of his companion throughout the year.This is even more important for people who spend a lot of time outdoors..

Life expectancy

13 years

Food

Feeding a Romagna Water Dog it's not especially difficult: a balanced and good quality industrial feed is perfectly adequate. However, it is important to choose products and establish portions adapted to their age, health and level of physical activity.

The latter can vary significantly during the year, especially in the case of an individual used for truffle hunting during the winter season. It is then necessary to adjust upwards the amount of food that is given each day, so that you benefit from a sufficient energy supply and can work in good conditions. On the other hand, once the period in question has ended, servings should return to normal level, to prevent you from suffering from overweight problems.

When the dog is young, the ration must be adapted to the growth period in which it is. This is especially important because an improper diet could be detrimental to the physical development of the puppy.: if the food is too rich or is given in too large quantities, could grow too fast, which could lead to joint problems. Otherwise, insufficient nutrition could lead to deficiencies and growth problems.

This is especially true because the Lagotto Romagnolo is easily prone to obesity. That is why it is important to pay attention to the evolution of your weight and weigh it twice a month.. If a discrepancy is observed, which is confirmed or even increased in the following measurements, it is necessary to visit the vet. Only a professional can safely determine the cause of weight gain, which may not be related to the dog's diet or activity level, but with a disease or a treatment, for example. Once the cause of the problem has been identified, the vet will be able to advise how to remedy it and return the dog to a healthy weight.

In any case, the fact that the Romagna Water Dog being prone to obesity implies that some caution should be exercised regarding the use of treats, although they can be very useful, especially in the context of training. Ideally, opt for low-calorie products and deduct their caloric intake from your daily ration.

This propensity to be overweight also justifies dividing your daily ration into multiple meals.: even if I have a sweet tooth, less likely to order food when you know another is waiting for you later.

Last but not least, like any dog, the Lagotto Romagnolo a bowl of clean, fresh water should always be available to you.

Grooming

The Lagotto Romagnolo is covered in thick, curly fur that needs a lot of maintenance.

First of all, it is necessary to brush it about twice a week, to avoid knot formation. The longer the coat, more important is to take the opportunity to examine it to remove dirt and other weeds, and undo the knots, especially around the joints: this will prevent injury or irritation caused by rubbing. It is also a good idea to get used to examining their coat after a long period in a humid environment or with very dense vegetation..

On the other hand, sheds very little and has no seasonal shedding periods. If we add to this that he does not drool much, This makes it an especially appreciated companion for people who are very attached to cleanliness., but also for those who suffer from allergies. For this reason, are often presented as a hypoallergenic dog breed, but you have to remember that none of them is 100% hypoallergenic and that the amount of allergens emitted can vary significantly from one individual to another, even within the same race. Therefore, there is nothing to replace a test in real conditions, consisting of spending a few hours in the company of the animal whose adoption is being considered.

Regarding the bathroom, a monthly frequency is adequate to keep the dog's coat clean. Lagotto Romagnolo, without affecting its natural ability to resist water and inclement weather. However, it is important to use a mild shampoo specially designed for dogs, otherwise your skin will be damaged, and do not dry or brush it after bathing, which could damage your beautiful curls.

In addition, their hairs grow quickly and require regular trimming, at the rate of some 3 or 4 times a year. The latter can be done by a professional dog groomer or directly by its owner, if he knows how to do it.

Ears of the Lagotto Romagnolo require rigorous maintenance, since its hanging shape and the hairs that grow around it constitute fertile ground for the development of infections caused by the accumulation of moisture and dirt. Therefore, it is imperative to examine and clean them weekly, as well as after every long outing in nature. This is especially important if the animal has been in a humid environment or has been swimming., and it is important to dry it well. In addition, it is recommended to regularly trim the hair around the ears to prevent wax and dirt from settling there.

You should also check your eyes weekly and clean the area around them if they are dirty.. Hair around the eyes can cause infections to develop there too. If to that we add that they can obstruct the vision of the dog, the interest of cutting them regularly is easily understood.

Regarding the teeth, they must be brushed regularly to avoid the formation of dental plaque, which can itself be the cause of many oral problems. The ideal is daily brushing and, in any case, it is better not to brush less than once a week. In any case, it is advisable to systematically use a toothpaste intended for the canine species.

The claws of the Lagotto Romagnolo they tend to be much less demanding in terms of maintenance, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors: this usually allows them to file naturally. However, it is convenient to make sure that it really is like this. In fact, if they get too long, can hinder the dog's movements, and even hurt you a lot if they break. If you hear them rubbing against the ground when walking on hard surfaces, It is a sign that you have to cut them manually.

Whether the fur, the ears, the eyes, teeth or even claws, take care of a Lagotto Romagnolo requires mastering a series of gestures. If they are not necessarily complex, better make sure you do them correctly, not only for good results, but also and above all so as not to risk hurting your partner, or even injure him. Therefore, the first time it may be wise to make an appointment with the vet or a groomer, to learn from a professional how to proceed. In any case, it is advisable to accustom your pet to this type of manipulation as soon as possible, Since, otherwise, maintenance sessions may be particularly unpleasant for you.

Utility

Originally, the Lagotto Romagnolo used -and selected- to recover the game that fell into the water. This selection explains its particularly waterproof coat and its very pronounced taste for swimming..

Since the end of the 19th century, after the drying up of many swamps in its Romagna natal, is dedicated body and soul to the search for truffles. Today, it is the only breed of dog that is bred specifically for this task. Her highly developed sense of smell and her innate propensity to search by digging holes make her a true expert in this field..

He is also an excellent companion dog today, that is sociable and easy to train. They are suitable for beginners and are especially suited to families, especially those who are quite active. They are especially popular with those allergic to dogs, as they shed very little hair and only release a small amount of allergenic proteins. However, no dog can be considered 100% hypoallergenic, therefore compatibility cannot be guaranteed: there is nothing to replace a trial period of several hours with the person whose adoption is being considered.

Wide awake, the Lagotto Romagnolo It is also an excellent alert dog that does not hesitate to bark when an unfamiliar person approaches its home. On the other hand, can't really take on the role of watchdog, since they are not aggressive or threatening to strangers, and it would be highly unlikely that they would scare them away.

On the other hand, His excellent sense of smell obviously works wonders in crawling competitions and, of course, in the romps. They can also be distinguished in dog sports that highlight their great energy and intelligence, like agility, flyball or obedience.

Last but not least, due to his friendly and always uniform temperament, sometimes used as a therapy dog, for example in hospitals, schools or prisons.

Price

In France and Belgium, the price of a puppy Lagotto Romagnolo ranges between 800 and 1.500 EUR, and the average is about 1.100 EUR.

In its country of origin, Italy, you have to tell about 600 - 1400 EUR. For a person who doesn't live very far, import may be an option to consider, since there are many more farms there, and therefore a greater offer.

In canada, breeders usually ask for an amount that is around 2400 canadian dollars. However, patience is often necessary, since the small number of breeders in the country makes it common to find oneself on a waiting list. This is especially true if you are looking for a puppy of a certain color..

The amount to pay to adopt a puppy from Lagotto Romagnolo in the United States it ranges from 1.800 and 2.500 American dollars.

In the case of an import from abroad, It is advisable to bear in mind that additional costs must be added to the purchase price: administrative expenses, quarantine, transport…

In any case, whatever the country, the price that is asked depends on the prestige of the kennel and the lineage from which the puppy comes, as well as its intrinsic characteristics, particularly on the physical plane, namely, its greater or lesser conformity with the standard. In addition, it is this point that explains why important price differences are sometimes observed within the same litter.

Characteristics “Romagna Water Dog”

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Images “Romagna Water Dog”

Photos:

1 – “Romagna Water Dog” by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/lagotto-romagnolo-perro-cachorro-4272671/
2 – “Romagna Water Dog” at the World Dog Show in Poznań by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – “Romagna Water Dog” La Gottis Campione by Flickr
4 – “Romagna Water Dog” by Rdo01, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – “Romagna Water Dog” during the dog show in Katowice, Polonia by Lilly M, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – “Romagna Water Dog” 2½-year-old female by Entheta, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Videos “Romagna Water Dog”

Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
  • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
  • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs – Section 3: Water Dogs
  • AKCSporting
  • ANKC Group 3 (Gundogs)
  • CKCSporting Dogs
  • ​KC – Gundog
  • NZKCGundog
  • UKCGun Dogs


FCI breed standard "Romagna Water Dog"

FCIFCI - "Romagna Water Dog"
Dog

Alternative names:

    1. Lagotto Romagnolo (English).
    2. Lagotto Romagnolo, Lagotto (French).
    3. Lagotto Romagnolo (German).
    4. Lagotto romagnolo (Portuguese).
    5. Lagotto romagnolo, Lagotto de Romagna, Perro de laguna de Romagna (Spanish).

Portuguese Water Dog
Portugal FCI 37 . Water Dogs

Cão de Água Português

The Portuguese Water Dog It is a kind and patient breed.

Content

History

The Portuguese Water Dog It is a breed of dog of the Algarve, Portugal. They were used as working dogs by fishermen from time immemorial, but in the 20th century have become a rare breed.

While, the origins of the breed are somewhat obscure, What if one certainty is that the history of these dogs is very old.
A probable reference to Portuguese Water Dog It is found in the text of a monk, that in 1297 He described the rescue of a sailor by a dog with similar characteristics than the race hablamos… “long, black hair, cut up the first rib, and with a tuft at the tip of the tail“.

The common standard of shearing of these dogs, Mark to be as the description of the monk. Also, a photo of early 19th century, It represents the arrival of the King of Portugal to the beach of Bethlehem, shows a water dog, swim to the boat of the King.

The closest relatives of the Portuguese Water Dog are Kerry Blue Terrier, the Barbet and the Poodle standard.

Originally, water dogs – excellent swimmer is- they were used by the Portuguese fishermen in their boats as helpers in varied tasks, as be... fish networks arreo, recovery of objects falling into the water, carrying messages between ships or between Earth and the sea, among others.

The writer Raul Brandão, in his book the fisherman (1932), It describes the activity of a fishing boat in Olhao, and much of its description was based on these dogs and their marine skills.

From the 20th century with the advancement of new technologies both in fishing and in the communication, the work that was usually done by dogs gradually was replaced, and there was no need to travel with dogs on board. Like everything else in life, progress has their 'pro' and its 'against', in the Decade of 1930 the number of copies of the race diminished a lot, and the few copies that survived were in the Algarve coast.

The 1934 It was a crucial year for the subsistence of this breed, and perhaps the starting point of the recovery of the Portuguese Water Dog was the Lisbon Exhibition in 1934, under the direction of Frederick Pinto Soares. Enter the story, Vasco Bensaude, a rich businessman who lived in the Azores Islands, He had attended the canine event, because it is also devoted to the breeding of dogs in water. He was so impressed with the Portuguese Water Dog What, He decided to purchase four copies and thus begin a careful in his Kennel breeding program, Algarbiorum. Y, what he achieved with the support of two loving friends in the race, Pinto Soares and Fernandes Marques.

In Lakes, found a beautiful male who called Leão and was taken to Lisbon, followed by Dina, a female of Sesimbra. Two specimens found in the Algarve joined his Kennel, Nero, a male of curly hair and Venesa, a female of wavy hair. In 1937, born the first litter (Leão and Dina). Ushering in the "Algarbiorum" saga.

Vasco Bensaude was responsible for the recovery of the Portuguese Water Dog from Portugal and began the modern history of the breed. He was responsible for his "Fausto Pereira Dos Santos" Kennel, and became an expert in the formation of Portuguese water dogs.

For many years, Vasco Bensaude was dedicated to the breeding of dogs but when in 1968 felt that his end was near, delivered to Conchita Cintrón, Castelo Branco the 17 copies of Portuguese Water Dog that he had in his kennel and all his files.
Conchita Cintrón, was a brilliant person, breeder of Pointers, carried out the breeding of Portuguese Water Dog in his Quinta do Indio, in Feijó, to the South of Lisbon.

Due to the tenacity and commitment to Conchita Cintrón dogs were placed in United States, where this wonderful race reached great popularity thanks to the commitment and efforts of another great personality in the history of this race, Mrs Miller Deyanne Farrell, He managed to diffuse them in America and around the world.

In 1972, In the United States, a group of breeders founded the (Portuguese Water Dog Club of America).

Physical characteristics

The Portuguese Water Dog it is a medium-sized breed, of strong Constitution, good muscular and compact body. Males have an ideal height for 54 cm., While the females measure approximately 46 cm.. The weight range from 19 until 25 kg in males and 16 and 22 kg in females.

There are two types of fur: long, wavy, with bright or short hair with hair is curly and more opaque.

The fur may be completely black, white or brown, or black or brown with white spots. Typical cutting is done in the muzzle and the back of the body, leaving a ball of hair at the tip of the tail, It gives an appearance of a lion.
Hair grows them continually so it required to be regularly brushed and trim or cut.

The haircut of the Portuguese Water Dog can be done in two ways or styles:

The lion Court

In the Lion Court, the hindquarters, the snout, and the base of the tail they shave and the rest of the body is left in its normal length. This is the traditional cut and perhaps the most functional, given the historical importance of race as a partner of a fisherman. The lion cut diminished the initial impact and shock with cold water, given that performed various aquatic work. The hindquarters are afeitaban to allow easy movement of the hind legs and tail, used it as a rudder.

The Retriever cut

The Court Retriever is left 2,5 cm long in a uniform manner on the body (Although some owners prefer the part of the snout and the base of the shorter tail). It's a more recent Court and style originated because breeders wanted to make the race more attractive and less unusual looking for buyers.

Character and skills

Is considered an exceptionally intelligent animal, with an active temperament, slightly restless, but obedient. It is also very resistant to fatigue. It is an excellent swimmer, being able to dive and swim underwater to recover the lost objects.

In the Natural Park of RIA Formosa, one of the attractions is the kennel where he was saved from extinction by Portuguese Water Dog, today known as the dog Obama, and where still today continues raising.

The Portuguese Water Dog he is an excellent companion, loving, independent and intelligent it is easy to train in tasks of obedience and agility skills.

Because they are working dogs, the Portuguese Water Dog, in general, usually always close to his master awaiting instructions and if - due- trained, It is able and willing to follow orders very complex. They learn very quickly, They seem to enjoy the training, and they have a great memory for names of objects. These features and its single layer coat, have not moved, makes an excellent dog services several such as assistance dogs for the deaf, dogs Guide, Therapy Dogs.

Are very good companions for people who understand what they need, the Portuguese Water Dog it is not a dog for everyone. Due to his intelligence and the need for unity in the work, require regular intensive exercise, as well as the mental challenges. They are kind and patient, but not “teleadictos”, physical inactivity and boredom can awaken destructive behaviors.

Recently, the race gained an unexpected publicity after the family of the President of United States, Barack Obama, choose a Portuguese Water Dog as a pet. The dog, called Bo, He was introduced to the public 14 April 2009, due to the great interest shown by the media.

Did You Know?

The Portuguese Water Dog used to be the fisherman's best friend, helping to push the fish into networks, to retrieve objects that fell to the water and to carry messages from ship to ship.

Valuations “Portuguese Water Dog”

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

Adaptation ⓘ

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Dog friendly ⓘ

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Hair loss ⓘ

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Affection Level ⓘ

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Need to exercise ⓘ

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Social Needs ⓘ

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Apartment ⓘ

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Grooming ⓘ

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Stranger Friendly ⓘ

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Barking Tendencies ⓘ

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Health Issues ⓘ

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Territorial ⓘ

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Cat Friendly ⓘ

Rated 4 out of 5
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intelligence ⓘ

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versatility ⓘ

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Child Friendly ⓘ

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Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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Playfulness ⓘ

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Images Portuguese Water Dog

Videos Portuguese Water Dog

Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
  • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
  • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

Federations:

  • Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC


  • FCI breed standard "Portuguese Water Dog"

    FCIFCI - "Portuguese Water Dog"
    Dog

    Alternative names:

      1. Water Dog, Portie, PWD (English).
      2. chien d’eau, chien pêcheur portugais (French).
      3. Portugiesischer Wasserhund (German).
      4. Cão d’Água, Cão Pescador Português, Cão d’Água Algarvio (Portuguese).
      5. Cão de agua português (Spanish).

    Irish Water Spaniel
    Irlanda FCI 124 . Water Dogs

    Perro de Agua Irlandés

    Today, despite relative popularity with some hunters, the Irish Water Spaniel it is still not very widespread outside its country of origin.

    Content

    History

    The origin of the Irish Water Spaniel, but several texts mention that their ancestors would have accompanied the Celts some 1000 years. More concretely, These 11th century texts mention a race similar to the Irish Water Spaniel, described simply as a dog used south of the River Shannon, In Ireland. However, although the characteristics of this ancestor are not documented in detail, experts agree that it was probably not a member of the family of the Spaniel. In fact, This mysterious ancestor is believed to be an ancient race of irish dog that contributed to the development of Irish Water Spaniel. This hypothesis is based on the fact that the Irish Water Spaniel has a very different tail than other breeds of Spaniels. In fact, unlike other representatives of the Spaniels family that have a rather bushy tail, the Irish Water Spaniel has a whip-shaped tail, also known as rat tail.

    The other races of Spaniels descended from Persian dogs imported to the Iberian Peninsula. They did not appear in France - where they were then called “espaigneuls“- until the twelfth century. However, only later did mentions of specific breeds appear in the literature, which explains the dog's somewhat hazy past.

    The most popular theory about the origin of Irish Water Spaniel is that the Spaniels were imported to Ireland and mixed with other irish dogs, possibly even with the Portuguese Water Dog, the Poodle and the now extinct English water spaniel. Although this theory can be supported by the great resemblance between the Poodle and the Irish Water Spaniel, the origins of the latter remain unclear, and we must be content with speculation, as there are no documents describing how the breed was created.

    However, what is true is that the Irish Water Spaniel It was developed mainly for duck hunting and is very happy bringing the game to its master, both on land and in the water: in this way, looks more like a Retriever that a Spaniel. They can even be used to replace certain hunting dogs in a pack, since they are able to point and take the game to its owner when necessary. It is these characteristics and flexibility that make them so popular with hunters..

    In the first half of the 19th century, a Dublin breeder named Justin McCarthy played an essential role in the development of the breed. Until then there were at least two different varieties of the breed, and he was able to combine them to create the Irish Water Spaniel as we know it today. It is known that one of his dogs, Boatswain (1834-1852), contributed greatly to the development of the breed by giving birth to a large number of young, and that several dogs of this line were champions in several dog shows.

    The Irish Water Spaniel first appeared at dog shows in 1862 in Birmingham, England. For a long time, they were represented mainly by the descendants of the boatswains in these events. However, was not up 1899 when he entered the dog shows, still in england. The first breed club was founded in Ireland in 1890.

    The Irish Water Spaniel was introduced in the United States in the decade of 1870. In 1877, in the first Westminster Kennel Club, the most famous dog show in the country, four representatives of the breed were presented to the public. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1884, but the United Kennel Club, the other American reference organization, waited until 1948 to do the same.

    The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) took even longer to recognize the Irish Water Spaniel until 1954.

    Today, despite relative popularity with some hunters, the Irish Water Spaniel it is still not very widespread outside its country of origin, where it also remains quite marginal. For example, ranks 150 of 190 in the AKC's ranking of America's most popular dog breeds, according to the number of records. In France, it's even weirder, Since the SCC (Société Centrale Canine) received less than 10 registration requests between 2010 and 2016. In Great Britain, the Kennel Club receives an average of one hundred a year: although it is much more consistent than in France, this figure is still quite modest.

    Physical characteristics

    The appearance of the Irish Water Spaniel it's quite unique. Although at first glance it may be mistaken for a Poodle Grand, its appearance is more robust than this, although it maintains an elegant silhouette. Its coat is also denser than that of the poodle and is made up of long, soft curls.; this is what protects them from water and helps them float. Its waterproof coat also allows it to face harsh climates and bad weather without flinching..

    His head is rather broad and round, and ends with a rather square muzzle, strong looking, covered in short hairs. The ears are large, are set high on the skull and fall back on the head with abundant curls. The eyes are small, brown and almond-shaped.

    The neck is strong and wide, though it's hidden under a thick layer of hair. The chest is also wide and deep, followed by a slimmer waist, characteristic of active breeds. His well-developed musculature and strong bones make him a fairly robust looking dog..

    Its feet are webbed, which gives them a natural facility to swim, which makes the Irish Water Spaniel in one of the best races for swimming.

    The tail is also unique and clearly distinguishes the Irish Water Spaniel other Water Dogs. It's shorter, straighter and has a very short coat (or is he almost naked), unlike other breeds of Water Dogs, they all have bushy tails. This explains why the Irish Water Spaniel is sometimes known as “Duck tail spaniel” or “Whip-tailed spaniel”. Although this anatomical feature sometimes makes you smile, makes the Irish Water Spaniel be a better swimmer than others Water Dogs.

    Last but not least, the fur of the Irish Water Spaniel is lustrous and is made up of dense curls, with a lot of plumage. They are often called “the clown of the family of the Water Dogs“, not only for his playful personality, but also because of the longer curly hair they have on their heads, which often gives them the appearance of having a tuft on the top of the head, much like a clown wig. The coat is always reddish brown with chocolate tones.

    Size and weight

    ▷ Male size: 55 – 61 cm.
    ▷ Female size: 53 – 59 cm..
    ▷ Male weight: 25 – 31 kg
    ▷ Female weight: 20 – 27 kg

    Character and skills

    The Irish Water Spaniel is sometimes described as a difficult-tempered dog, and that's probably why it has never been especially sought after as a companion dog, despite its qualities. In fact, it is a dog developed for hunting: It, Therefore, decided to, Intelligent, Active, playful and energetic. This mix can sometimes lead to stubborn or mischievous behavior.. Even when they compete, their playful personality is often imposed and leads them to turn any activity into a game, causing some headaches for your coach. In general, not a breed of dog suitable for a beginner: on the contrary, needs an experienced master, able to give you a constant and structured education.

    However, the Irish Water Spaniel it is a perfect companion dog if it is well socialized and trained, and can get enough exercise. Devoted to his master and his family, will do anything to please them, although sometimes this can lead to unwanted mischievous behavior or wanting to play when it's not the time. By the way, although he is devoted to his whole family, it's not uncommon for him to show a preference for a particular member, with whom you have a special affinity.

    Able to easily adapt to all situations and conditions, the Irish Water Spaniel he is delighted to accompany his master in many activities, and can excel not only in hunting, but also in water activities or dog competitions, like the exhibitions. In effect, is agile, hardworking and has a good nose. In addition, is naturally happy and balanced, as well as loyal and obedient. With a real propensity to turn any activity into a game, they usually feel great pleasure when doing them, whatever they are.

    The Irish Water Spaniel he is one of the best swimmers and loves the water. You have to watch them when they are in the water, since they jump at the first opportunity and enjoy swimming so much that it can be difficult to get them out. Having said that, swimming is a good way to satisfy your need for energy. However, even if you are familiar with the water and swim very well, it is important to keep an eye on him to ensure his safety, as with a child.

    The Irish Water Spaniel does not bark much, and generally reserves its impressive barks for situations where you need to warn your family of immediate danger. Therefore, he is quite calm and makes an excellent watchdog, as he is naturally suspicious of strangers. Having said that, his lack of trust with strangers should not be confused with shyness, although he is rarely aggressive towards them: is content to advise. Even when hunting, just bark a little, having the peculiarity of being speechless about hunting, which makes him a good pointer.

    The Irish Water Spaniel they tend to get along very well with other dogs and pets. The same goes for children. Whoever your partner is, can spend hours playing with it without getting tired, especially when it comes to looking for the ball.

    It must be said that it is a very resistant and lively breed of dog, making it unsuitable for apartment living. You need at least one garden where you can stretch your legs, and it is even better if the garden has a pool. However, a small garden is not enough to satisfy your need for exercise and balance: needs at least an hour of daily running and some walks, as well as swimming regularly.

    In fact, it is essential that you can expend your energy to be a calm and obedient dog once at home. Otherwise, the owner should expect destructive behavior from the dog. In fact, it is a recommended breed of dog for an athletic master, not a dog recommended for an elderly or sedentary person.

    Starting at 9 or 10 weeks of age, it is recommended to give them 15 - 20 minutes of play in the morning and in the evening, in addition to socializing and doing other exercises. As is still the case for an adult, loves to play fetch or chase a frisbee. However, while waiting for your body to develop and gain muscle, it is better to prevent him from running with his master and, on the other hand, be content with training him to walk a distance of less than one kilometer. You can gradually increase the intensity of your dog's activities and the distances traveled, but you should not rush: too much exercise at a young age can affect your bones and joints, with repercussions for the rest of his life. Once adult, it is possible to run with your dog, but it is advisable to stick to reasonable distances and durations: due to risk of dysplasia, not a dog made to run marathons.

    Education

    The Irish Water Spaniel it is not a recommended dog for a first adoption. In fact, although it is quite easy to train because he likes to please his master, sometimes has an independent character that pushes you to want to act according to your own will. This is especially true of young males., who are very prone to testing their master's limits. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to show your dog who the master is, establish firm limits and a structured discipline framework with clear and consistent rules. In effect, This dog is known to take advantage of his master at the slightest inconsistency., or if you lack confidence. The fact that they are energetic and need a good amount of daily exercise also contributes to their being a demanding breed..

    However, although sometimes they can be stubborn and independent, the Irish Water Spaniel it is usually easy to train. Being one of the most intelligent dog breeds, learn many commands with ease and excel at dog sports. When properly trained, are perfectly capable of performing very specific tasks, both in leisure and in obedience, agility and even dog shows. However, you need to deal with his mischievous nature: the more he learns, Plus you can turn your new abilities into games or mischief of any kind. In fact, it is clear that he has an overflowing imagination.

    The Irish Water Spaniel responds better to dog training techniques based on positive reinforcement and rewards. They benefit from being coached by a patient teacher who does not raise his voice, at the risk of awakening their stubborn side and encouraging them to decide to do things their own way. That is why it is important to vary the activities during the educational sessions., to keep your interest and prevent you from starting to do things your way.

    Last but not least, the socialization of Irish Water Spaniel is an important aspect of your education. He is extremely suspicious of strangers, although this should not be confused with shyness. The younger you are exposed to a variety of situations, the more comfortable you will be with strangers and will be able to recognize real danger, how not to confuse the postman's visit with a possible intruder. Schools for puppies (puppy socialization classes) they are an interesting option, but it can also be as simple as taking the puppy out in public and visiting the neighborhood. Whatever happens, will always be attentive, so it is the various socialization activities in your training that should help you differentiate between what is a normal part of your life and what is abnormal and should alert your family.

    Health

    The Irish Water Spaniel they are generally in good health and their fur makes them particularly resistant to bad weather.

    However, are prone to various diseases:

    waterfalls: unlike other dog breeds, in which they are generally due to aging, cataracts are most often hereditary in theIrish Water Spaniel, and they can appear from the age of five.
    follicular dysplasia ;

    Hip Dysplasia: it is very common in this breed, and appears to be genetic rather than due to joint wear and tear.

    Dental malocclusion: this deformation makes the lower jaw more pronounced, which often causes the lower teeth to pop out of the mouth. Although this can be treated with plastic surgery, it is usually recommended to simply remove the teeth that prevent the mouth from closing normally.
    Progressive retinal atrophy (ARP);

    Von Willebrand disease;

    Hypothyroidism in dogs.

    In addition, it is known that the Irish Water Spaniel have allergic reactions to vaccines given to dogs. Therefore, it is important to monitor him during the hours following the vaccination, to react as quickly as possible in case of swelling of the face, lethargy, sharp pain around the injection site, etc. This risk should not be taken lightly, because very serious reactions can lead to the death of the dog.

    In addition to this risk linked to vaccines, the Irish Water Spaniel may be sensitive to dewormers and certain dog antibiotics. Therefore, it is necessary to choose a veterinarian who knows well the specificities of this breed, starting with drugs that can cause an allergic reaction in the dog.

    Last but not least, like any breed of dog with hanging ears, are at increased risk of ear infections.

    Since many of these diseases are genetic and, Therefore, hereditary, it is important to check, when adopting an Irish spaniel, that comes from a line in which these health problems are rare.

    Life expectancy

    12 - 13 years

    Grooming

    The dense fur of the Irish Water Spaniel requires regular care to avoid hair build-up. In particular, dead hair must be removed with a natural hair comb two or three times a week, which also helps distribute natural oils and prevent dirt build-up, that the density of its coat makes it retain especially quickly.

    It is important to get your dog used to brushing relatively early, why start brushing your dog as an adult, when it is fully active and its coat is a little longer, it can be a real challenge if it is a new experience for him.

    In addition, Your dog's coat should generally be trimmed every two months to maintain a healthy appearance.

    It is also important to regularly bathe your dog or allow him to expose his coat to water.. The Water Dogs secrete large amounts of natural oils that help protect their coat from water, and regular bathing keeps their coat healthy by preventing too much oil and dirt from accumulating.

    By the way, the Irish Water Spaniel is considered a breed of dog hypoallergenic, since it changes very little. However, it is important to remember that no race is 100% hypoallergenic: if you are allergic to dogs, it is better that you do some tests before adopting your new partner.

    Last but not least, like any breed of dog with hanging ears, the Irish Water Spaniel are at increased risk of ear infections, since their ears are poorly ventilated and tend to accumulate a lot of wax. For this reason, it is important to examine your dog's ears weekly and clean the accumulated wax with a product designed for it. This weekly exam is also a good opportunity to examine the dog's nails to make sure they are not too long.; if they are, must be trimmed.

    Food

    They are recommended between 180 and 310 grams of quality active dry food per day for the Irish Water Spaniel, and should be divided into two meals (one in the morning and one at night).

    However, as it is a breed of dog that gets fat quickly, but also has a great need for quality power sources, the vet can give good advice to help you choose the right type of food for your dog, and adjust the amount according to your activity level.

    Utility

    The Irish Water Spaniel traditionally used as a hunting dog for waterfowl. They have an excellent sense of smell. Therefore, he is an experienced hunter who feels very comfortable in the water, but can easily be adapted to most shooting disciplines. When looking for the hunt, often stands still, but it can also bring her back. It is even capable of pulling its prey out and chasing it through thick and tight bushes..

    Due to its natural ease in the water, the Irish Water Spaniel also used as a rescue dog at sea.

    Last but not least, although they are not well known for this feature and are not commonly used in this context, the Irish Water Spaniel has all the qualities of an ideal companion dog.

    Price

    The Irish Water Spaniel it is a very rare breed in France, Belgium and Switzerland, so it is difficult to determine the market price of a puppy of this breed.

    In other places, either in the United States or in England, for example, the average price of a puppy of Irish Water Spaniel varies between the 700 and 800 EUR, without great differences between males and females.

    Characteristics “Irish Water Spaniel”

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

    Adaptation ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
    3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Dog friendly ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
    3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Hair loss ⓘ

    Rated 2 out of 5
    2 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Affection Level ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
    3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Need to exercise ⓘ

    Rated 4 out of 5
    4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Social Needs ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
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    Apartment ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
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    Grooming ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
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    Stranger Friendly ⓘ

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    Barking Tendencies ⓘ

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    Health Issues ⓘ

    Rated 4 out of 5
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    Territorial ⓘ

    Rated 4 out of 5
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    Cat Friendly ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
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    intelligence ⓘ

    Rated 4 out of 5
    4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    versatility ⓘ

    Rated 3 out of 5
    3 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Child Friendly ⓘ

    Rated 5 out of 5
    5 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Watchdog Ability ⓘ

    Rated 4 out of 5
    4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Playfulness ⓘ

    Rated 4 out of 5
    4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

    Images “Irish Water Spaniel”

    Photos:

    1 – “Irish Water Spaniel” by And IggersFlickr
    2 – “Irish Water Spaniel” by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    3 – “Irish Water Spaniel” by anatamanFlickr
    4 – “Irish Water Spaniel” “Duke” by DianeFlickr
    5 – “8 Week old Irish Water Spaniel puppy, Fergus” by Tom StrattonFlickr
    6 – “Irish Water Spaniel” by cchoFlickr

    Videos “Irish Water Spaniel”

    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
    • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
    • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs – Section 3: Water Dogs
    • AKCSporting
    • ANKC Group 3 (Gundogs)
    • CKCSporting Dogs
    • ​KC – Gundog
    • NZKCGundog
    • UKCGun Dogs


    FCI breed standard "Irish Water Spaniel"

    FCIFCI - "Irish Water Spaniel"
    Dog

    Alternative names:

      1. Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog, (Irish: An Spáinnéar Uisce) (English).
      2. Chien d’eau irlandais (French).
      3. Irish Water Spaniel (German).
      4. (em inglês: Irish water spaniel) (Portuguese).
      5. Spaniel de Agua Irlandés, Irish Water Spaniel (Spanish).

    Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun)
    Holanda FCI 221 . Water Dogs

    Perro de Agua Frisón

    The Frisian Water Dog is - virtually- unknown outside the Netherlands.

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    History

    The ancestors of Frisian Water Dog also called Wetterhoun they were already bred as farm dogs in the Middle Ages. Served as a watchdog, that also kept vermin away.

    Wetter is the Friesian word for water, so the Wetterhoun is a spaniel in the classical sense.

    The beginning of the ancestral chain was probably made by the Portuguese Water Dog and it is also said that the Curly-coated Retriever belongs to the direct ancestors of Wetterhoun, from them he surely inherited his curly fur. The second Frisian breed, the Stabyhoun, is closely related to the Wetterhoun.

    Over the years 50, the Frisian Water Dog it was almost extinct. The rescue was carried out by a Friesian woman, in her youth she owned a Frisian Water Dog, who committed to conservation. Through an advertisement in the newspaper, looked for the Wetterhouns alive and received some letters from local farmers. From these dogs the current population was built. There are currently some 800 dogs, most of which are in the Netherlands.

    The FCI includes the Wetterhoun in the Group 8, section 3, standard number 221 (Water Dogs).

    Physical characteristics

    The Frisian Water Dog, originally from the Netherlands, it is a dog of normal proportions. It is of powerful constitution, stocky and square, but without being plump or heavy.

    Ideally, males should reach a shoulder height of 59 cm and the females of 55 cm.. The weight must be proportional to the dog and be between 15 and 25 kg.

    Skin is tight, without wrinkles, double chin and hanging lips. Firm, strong hair is thickly curled, except on the head and limbs. Finer tuft of hair curls give the dog an almost plush, woolly look, but this turns out to be a fallacy when touched, as the fur is rough and greasy to the touch, due to its origin as a spaniel.

    The Wetterhouns are solid black or brown in color, or black or brown with white markings. Marks may be stained or molded.

    The tail is worn curled over the back.

    Life expectancy

    An average of 9 - 15 years.

    Character and skills

    The Frisian Water Dog is a quiet dog, but with a stubborn character. He is reserved with strangers and a good watchdog. As with many races, it is easy to train, but it requires constancy, sensitivity and know-how. Get bored quickly with repetitive exercises, showing joy in lessons that excite you. Among them are recovery, exploration and digging.

    Utility

    The Wetterhoun was originally bred to hunt otters and polecats, but it was also used to hunt moles, since their skins were used as merchandise around 1900. If the Wetterhouns they were of strong stature, they were also used as carriage dogs. Even today, are used for the maintenance of levees, where they catch muskrats, among other things.

    In the news, they are mainly used as yard and guard dogs.

    Characteristics “Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun)”

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

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    Images “Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun)”

    Frisian Water Dog
    Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun) at the World Dog Show in Poznań by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Frisian Water Dog

    Wetterhoun, Frisian Water Dog, FCI recognized breed (FCI No. 221) by 23things for museums, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Videos “Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun)”

    Promotion video Wetterhoun English
    Rashond van de week Wetterhoun

    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
    • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
    • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

    Federations:

    • FCI – Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs – Section 3: Water Dogs
    • UKCGun Dogs


    FCI breed standard "Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun)"

    FCIFCI - "Frisian Water Dog (Wetterhoun)"
    Dog

    Alternative names:

      1. Wetterhoun, Otterhoun (English).
      2. Wetterhoun (French).
      3. Wetterhoun (German).
      4. (em alemão: wetterhoun) (Portuguese).
      5. Spaniel holandés, Wetterhoun (Spanish).

    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.

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    History

    Little is known about the origins of the 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, or with Turkish or Hungarian herding and herding breeds.

    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. Its physical characteristics, 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, selective breeding to maintain their appearance and work ability, and directing their talents towards new jobs such as search and rescue and drug and bomb detection.

    In the news, its densest population is in Andalusia, 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 it's 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 - 46 cm., for females. Males weigh in 18 - 22 kg and females in 14 - 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 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, namely, to the 15 or 16 months of the animal. Until we get as a rule a peeled annual spring.

    Character and skills

    The Spanish Water Dog belongs according to the FCI classification to 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 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, 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.

    Health

    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, from any breeder who does not offer a health guarantee on their puppies, 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. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the breed's health problems and the incidence with which they occur in their lines..

    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, Addison's disease, 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.

    Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest and best-looking dogs., but sometimes mother nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that, in many cases, dogs can live well. If you are getting a puppy, ask the breeder about the age of the dogs in your line and what they have died of.

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

    Remember that after you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, 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.

    Grooming

    The Spanish Water Dog has only one coat, which means it has little or no undercoat. Does not change much, although it does lose hair, just like people. The unique, curly coat often leads people to believe that the Spanish Water Dog it is hypoallergenic, but all dogs produce allergens to some extent in their dander, saliva and urine. If you have allergies, you should spend time with several dogs of this breed to determine if you react to them.

    The toilet of the Spanish Water Dog It is easy. Usually, the coat is trimmed once or twice a year to about 2 centimeters all over the body, 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, bathe with a mild, pet-safe shampoo. Apply it to the coat gently, 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 are basic care. Trim his nails every one to two weeks and brush his teeth often - with a vet-approved pet toothpaste- 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 their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    Images “Spanish Water Dog”

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    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
    • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
    • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

    Federations:

    • 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"
    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 (Spanish).

    American Water Spaniel
    Estados Unidos FCI 301 . Water Dogs

    Perro de Agua Americano

    The American Water Spaniel always delivered to work, is obedient and easy to train.

    Content

    History

    The American Water Spaniel It is a breed of dog originating in United States, little-known outside of North America.

    Although the exact origins of the American Water Spaniel remain a mystery, experts agree that it probably developed in the first half of the 19th century in the Fox and Wolf river valleys of Wisconsin, an American state in the Great Lakes region.

    During the conquest of the West in the 19th century, European settlers who moved to the Midwest regions of the United States brought their hunting dogs with them to help meet their food needs. Over the years, used various Old World breeds to create a new dog perfectly adapted to the peculiarities of hunting in the Great Lakes region. They needed a versatile animal with an excellent sense of smell, able to work both on land and in water, and expert in recovering downed waterfowl. They also wanted their companion to be compact enough to carry around in a small boat or canoe., and that it could withstand the cold water temperatures of Wisconsin.

    It is not possible to know with total certainty which races were used to achieve this, but experts believe they were the English Water Spaniel (now extinct), the Irish Water Spaniel, the Curly-coated Retriever, the Poodle and the Sussex Spaniel or other type of Spaniel. Native American dogs were also used in the various crosses.

    The small brown animal thus created was known at the time as American Brown Spaniel. It had thick curly fur that protected it from cold water and winter temperatures. They were used to hunt and retrieve waterfowl, but also for hunting on land, like grouse, quail and pheasant, as well as the occasional rabbit. At the end of the 19th century, the American Brown Spaniel had made a name for itself in the Great Lakes region and enjoyed some popularity among Wisconsin hunters, Michigan y Minnesota.

    However, the number of specimens of this breed began to decline rapidly in the early twentieth century, due both to the reduction of the duck population in these areas and to changes in hunting practices. In fact, hunting became at that time a leisure activity, more than in a true feeding medium. In addition, hunters began to prefer new European hunting dogs that were larger and more specialized in a specific type of hunting, already were Retrievers, Pointers or Spaniels.

    Fortunately, the American Brown Spaniel had a fervent admirer in Dr.. Fred J. Pfeifer, based in New London, Wisconsin. Firmly convinced that this dog should be preserved and recognized, Pfeifer created a kennel dedicated to the breed, Wolf River Cattery, and set out to save it from extinction. He spared no effort to offer his puppies to all corners of the country, mostly through various advertisements.

    The American Water Spaniel is probably one of the main races that contributed to the development of the Boykin Spaniel.

    The recognition and dissemination of American Water Spaniel

    The efforts of Fred Pfeifer and other enthusiasts who joined him paved the way for official recognition of the breed by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1920, with the name of American Water Spaniel. It was Pfeifer's own dog, called Curly Pfeifer, the first representative of the breed to be registered with the organization. The breed was also recognized by the Field Dog Stud Book in 1938 and by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1940.

    The breed took much longer to be recognized in other parts of the world. Like this, acceptance by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) did not occur until 1979, followed shortly after by that of British Kennel Club in 1981. The Canadian Kennel Club it is also among the organizations that recognize the race.

    Distribution and popularity

    In United States, the American Water Spaniel still extremely rare today, with a world population estimated at about 3.000 specimens, most of them in the American Midwest, especially in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota y Michigan, where it is still very popular with hunters. The race occupies the position 165 (of something less than 200) in the breed classification of the American Kennel Club (AKC) depending on the number of annual registrations in the organization, and the situation has been comparable at least since the beginning of the 21st century. Obviously, the fact that it is one of only two sports breeds developed in the United States (along with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever) does not seem to be enough to make her popular with the American public.

    In the rest of the world, race is even more confidential.

    In France, for example, There are less than 10 registrations per year in the Livre des Origines Françaises.

    In Great Britain, the number of births registered with the Kennel Club is even zero most of the years.

    Physical characteristics

    The American Water Spaniel it is a compact dog, medium in size and well muscled. Designed to work in the icy waters and swampy shores of the Great Lakes region of the United States, they are perfectly equipped for it: the pads of its feet are thick, their toes are webbed and small enough to jump off a small boat without capsizing it. In addition, their hips and hind legs are strongly developed, which gives it some propulsion force and prevents it from jamming. Like this, able to cut through even wet hunting grounds.

    The head is well proportioned to the body. Ears are drooping. The eyes are long and wide, and they can be hazel colored, brown or amber. They contribute to a cheerful expression and a smart look. The nose is black or brown and the nostrils are well developed, which reminds us that this dog was designed to sniff out game. The nose is dominated by tight lips.

    The American Water Spaniel has a dense undercoat that greatly protects it from water, extreme temperatures and branches. The top layer is of medium length and can have even waves or tight curls. The density of the latter can vary from one area of ​​the body to another. In all cases, the head is covered with short, straight hair and the tail is moderately bushy.

    In addition, its top layer is naturally very oily to be waterproof and avoid scratches from vegetation. For this reason, their fur has a strong odor, and can sometimes leave a greasy stain when rubbed against a wall or furniture.

    The coat of the American Water Spaniel is always uniform and liver-colored, chocolate or black, although a small amount of white hairs are sometimes found on the fingers or on the chest.

    Last but not least, sexual dimorphism is quite marked in this breed, since the males are, average, considerably heavier and more massive than females.

    The standard the FCI is the same as the American Kennel Club. This indicates that the American Water Spaniel has a size ranging from the 38 - 45 cm and weigh in 13 - 20 kg. Some reaching a height of 50 cm and a weight of 23 kg. This not disqualifies them but costs them points.

    Character and skills

    Like most hunting dogs, the American Water Spaniel is full of energy and enthusiasm, and you need a good dose of daily exercise and mental stimulation to be balanced. As long as its owner meets your needs, either making them hunt, taking them for a run or letting them play with the children, they are excellent companion dogs.

    In fact, he's basically a jolly dog, friendly and loving, eager to please their owners and who likes to spend time with them. You may also become especially fond of the person who dedicates the most time and attention to you., but he is still very friendly with the rest of the tribe.

    Usually, have a strong affinity with the youngest, to the point of being a recommended dog breed with children. Inexhaustible, they love spending time with them, entertain them and participate in all kinds of activities with them, either on land or in the water. However, it is important to teach children to interact with them in a respectful way, to avoid any accident. In any case, no dog, whatever race he is and no matter how friendly he is, should be left unsupervised with a young child.

    You can play all day and, At night, snuggle into your family's lap for a hug.

    Sociable and affectionate with his family, the American Water Spaniel It, on the other hand, shy and suspicious of strangers, without showing aggressiveness. As a result, It may take several introductions before you finally decide to befriend someone you regularly meet..

    Nor does he feel very comfortable with his companions, and can sometimes be territorial and aggressive towards them. However, if you share your home with one of them or with a cat, considers you as a full member of your family, so normally there is no problem. This is even more true if you are used to being with him from a young age.

    The same cannot be said for a possible coexistence with a rodent or a bird., although it starts when it is still very young. In fact, the hunting instinct that makes you chase these species when you encounter them during your walks could lead you to do the same at any time, and thus end this coexistence.

    Letting him live with a dog or cat is not without interest in any case., because his proximity to his masters makes him easily suffer from separation anxiety if he stays alone for more than a few hours. So it's likely to bark excessively, which can quickly become a source of tension with neighbors. The presence of a little companion can keep you busy and ease your anxieties., although the best is, Obviously, have your family at home as often as possible. In any case, this dog is not really adapted for people who generally spend their days away from home.

    Developed to be a tough hunting companion, the American Water Spanielhas energy to spare: one or two short walks around the neighborhood a day are not enough to meet your exercise needs, and then he would have every chance of developing various behavior problems.

    Although it depends on the age and health of each, in general it is necessary to anticipate no less than one or two hours of activity a day so that the dog keeps moving. It is best to divide it into several opportunities throughout the day, for example combining two or three walks, jogging sessions or bike rides with a good period of play. Of course, if any of these activities offer the opportunity to bathe, Will be delighted, since it is a water-loving breed of dog.

    Giving him plenty of opportunities to exercise is the best way to avoid a number of potentially problematic behaviors., as it has a strong natural tendency to bite, dig and jump.

    In addition, as soon as your need for exercise is satisfied, namely, as soon as the day is full of outings that are as many opportunities to make you spend, can live in an apartment, although obviously it is far from being an ideal environment for him. In any case, if you spend a lot of time indoors, it is important to provide all kinds of balls, chew toys and other distractions that allow you to burn energy throughout the day.

    The fact is that the American Water Spaniel it's a country dog ​​at heart, much happier when you have access at all times to a large outdoor space where you can spend your energy. However, although he loves to play and spend time outdoors, it is out of place to put him there and spend most of his time away from his family, since you need prolonged and daily contact with her.

    In addition, if the house has a garden, it is advisable to make sure that it is well fenced, to avoid any leak. In fact, this dog has a pronounced hunting instinct and is a wanderer at heart: if given the opportunity, he is likely to run off hunting small critters or just exploring the surroundings.

    However, how he usually responds well to withdrawal orders once he has been properly trained, it is possible to walk without a leash in nature. On the other hand, in places where the presence of other dogs is very likely or even safe, it is better to wear him systematically on a leash, to avoid any risk of dog fighting.

    Last but not least, it is not likely that the American Water Spaniel be the best friend of the neighbor. In fact, although he is calm and affectionate with his family, he is very awake and barks a lot, sometimes for no apparent reason. This makes for an excellent watchdog., especially since his barks are quite loud, but also a potential source of trouble. However, this propensity to bark can be mitigated by addressing the problem in the context of their education.

    Education

    The American Water Spaniel can be stubborn and independent at times: he likes to do what he wants and may try to impose himself by behaving as a dominant, both with their masters and with other dogs. For this reason, you need to have an experienced and solid master in front of you, able to show your dog who decides and to keep a steady hand throughout his life, because at any time you can try to question the established order.

    However, he is also an intelligent dog and eager to please his caregiver, as soon as he recognizes him as leader of the pack. Therefore, responds well to an education that is firm, smooth and consistent, and this can give excellent results when in good hands.

    To get it, it is best to opt for short and motivating training sessions and not skimp on the use of positive reinforcement techniques: compliments, petting, candies, etc. On the other hand, it is advisable to avoid the use of punishments, that could affect this sensitive dog and degrade the trust he should have in his master.

    Learning to call back should be a top priority of your education if you are allowed to live off the leash. Otherwise, his hunting instinct would make him flee soon when small animals similar to prey pass.

    In any case, this instinct obviously makes it a good potential to be used for hunting. A little more training on the different hunting techniques is still needed to fully exploit it.

    Another aspect to address in the context of your education is barking, because he tends to be very barking. The ideal is to make him distinguish between what he deserves to bark and what he does not, as well as simply teaching him to stop immediately when asked.

    Last but not least, like any dog, the American Water Spaniel needs to be thoroughly socialized from a young age, facing all kinds of people, animals, places, situations and stimuli, to hone your social skills and allow you to grow balanced. This is all the more necessary since he tends to be shy, distrustful or even aggressive towards people or dogs you don't know.

    Health

    The American Water Spaniel is generally robust and healthy, which is explained in particular by the selection work that was at the origin of its creation and the multiple criteria that it had to meet at that time.

    Among these, resistance to cold and bad weather stood out., and its double layer perfectly fulfills the objective: protects her wonderfully from the cold (both on land and in the water) and from the elements, but also from the heat, even if in case of a heat wave you should be able to take refuge in the shade, or even in an air-conditioned place, in general it is able to adapt to almost any type of climate.

    His good general health does not prevent the American Water Spaniel are particularly prone to certain diseases:

    • theHip Dysplasia, joint malformation that can be caused by a hereditary cause causes pain, limp then causeosteoarthritis afrom a certain age;
    • Dermatitis sensitive to growth hormone,alopecia (hair loss)caused by a lack of growth hormone (somatropina).The latter is secreted by the pituitary gland, an endocrine gland that secretes many hormones and is necessary for coat growth. Affected people have varying degrees ofalopecia., but otherwise healthy. Veterinarians do not yet know if this condition is genetic or not. Hair loss often begins at puberty and males between 1 and 5 years are the most affected., it comes in the neck, torso, thighs and abdomen, and the underlying skin is noticeably darker due to increased pigmentation.This condition can be treated with injections of growth hormones, but it is expensive and difficult to obtain. Sterilization can sometimes solve the problem in men. In any case, in the absence of treatment, alopecia and hyperpigmentation can spread throughout the body, with the exception of the head and feet.How hereditary transmission is suspected,
    • The symmetric alopecia, causing a gradual loss of hair that usually begins between the 6 and 9 months of the puppy and progresses until the affected areas are completely bald, these are the neck, the back of the thighs and the tail.There is no treatment to date, but this condition does not significantly affect the lives of the affected people;
    • The waterfall, which is an increasing clouding of the lens of the eye, causing increasing difficulty in seeing, even blindness The disease can be inherited, usually occurs in old age and can be treated with surgery.
    • Retinal dysplasia, an abnormal development of the retina that often has a hereditary cause and results in the appearance of retinal folds. They bother the dog's sight in a more or less pronounced way, according to the degree of severity, the latter does not progress increasingly, because the disease is not progressive, there is no cure, but the other senses can compensate for the visual impairment.
    • The progressive retinal atrophy, incurable inherited disease that causes loss of photoreceptor cells in the retina of the eye, gradually leading to the total blindness of the animal;
    • Entropion, which can be of hereditary origin and corresponds to the turning of an eyelid towards the inside of the eye, causing severe irritation of the eyeball (Red eyes, tearing, etc.). However, this condition can be treated surgically;
    • The Epilepsy, sometimes an inherited disorder causing sometimes impressive seizures cannot be cured, but lifelong treatment can allow affected people to lead near normal lives;
    • The Hypothyroidism, a deficiency of hormones produced by the thyroid gland that can cause all sorts of mild symptoms, lifelong treatment helps prevent them;
    • Allergies, that can be hereditary and have all kinds of origins: foods, domestic products, pollen, dust, insects, etc. The cause can be difficult to identify and, Therefore, allergy difficult to treat.
    • Theear infectionsbecause the sloping shape of the past favors the accumulation of moisture and dirt.

    In addition, an individual used for hunting is also more exposed to the risks involved in this activity: injuries, parasites,spikelets,etc.

    Taking into account that several diseases to which the breed is predisposed are or may be hereditary, going through a serious breeder who carefully selects his breeders is essential to maximize the chances ofadopt a puppythat not only has he benefited from good socialization since his first weeks. , but also that it gets rid of any hereditary ailment.

    The American Water Spaniel Club of America participate in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), a database ofcanine health.Any breeder worthy of the name must, Therefore, get a CHIC number for your dogs, which requires transmitting the results of the health tests of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and those of the eye tests of the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)., Whatever your conclusions, the fact that a dog has a CHIC number is not, therefore, a guarantee of good health, but your test results are publicly accessible on the CHIC website: This allows anyone considering theadoption of a puppycheck your results and also those of your parents.

    The breeder will also be able to present the results of additional genetic tests carried out to the parents or the puppy to detect some other diseases as well., in addition to providing a certificate of good health established by a veterinarian, as well as the details of the vaccines. administered. to the little one.

    Once the latter has moved to his new home, keep in mind that their bones and joints are especially fragile until they reach adulthood., It is necessary to avoid excessive or prolonged physical exercises while you are still young and in full growth, under penalty of causing injury or even deformity, so potentially life-long consequences.

    In addition, even if he seems to be in perfect health, any dog ​​should be examined by a vet at least once a year for a full checkup, this can allow detecting a possible problem as soon as possible, and you can also take the opportunity to have your vaccination reminders done at the same time., your teacher should make sure to renew your deworming treatments throughout the year whenever necessary, so that also at this level you are never unprotected.This is even more important since you spend a lot of time outdoors..

    Life expectancy

    12 - 13 years

    Grooming

    The curly coat of the American Water Spaniel needs to be brushed once or twice a week to prevent tangling and to help evenly distribute sebum, the natural oil that protects your skin. This dog sheds relatively little throughout the year, but much more in spring and autumn, so it is necessary to opt for a greater frequency of brushing during these times to remove dead hair and prevent it from accumulating throughout the house.

    Some hunters choose to shear their pets regularly to prevent foliage and branches from sticking to their fur.. A companion dog can be left with its coat untrimmed, or cropped and ears shaved for a more polished look.

    It must be taken into account that the upper layer of the American Water Spaniel is naturally rich in sebum. This can cause some discomfort in everyday life., like a certain smell or grease marks in the house, when rubbed against a wall or furniture.

    However, it only needs to be washed when it is very dirty or smells bad. In effect, a too frequent bath would lead to the loss of the natural oils that protect their coat, which would cause irritations by making your skin drier. In any case, it is essential to consistently use a shampoo specially designed for dogs, since the pH of your skin is different from that of human skin. In addition, a good habit to adopt is to systematically rinse the dog with fresh water after each visit to salt water or algae, to avoid any irritation.

    It is also useful to dry the ears after each bath or spending a long time in a humid place, because its drooping shape predisposes it to otitis. They should also be inspected and cleaned every week, to prevent moisture or dirt build-up that can cause infection.

    Like any dog, it is also advisable to check your eyes and clean their contour every week, there too to avoid any infection. This is especially helpful as you are prone to various diseases at this level., some of which can be treated.

    The weekly maintenance session is also an opportunity to brush your teeth, making sure to use a toothpaste designed for canines. This helps prevent tartar buildup and the risks that come with it.: bad breath, oral diseases, etc. Ideally, do it more often, even every day if possible.

    The nails of the American Water Spaniel generally require less attention, as their high level of activity means that they generally wear out naturally and do not need to be trimmed manually. However, it is better to make sure every one or two months. In any case, as soon as rubbing is heard when walking on hard surfaces, it's time to take care of them. Otherwise, could get in the way, but also break it or even hurt it.

    Coat care, the ears, the eyes, your dog's teeth and nails is not something to be taken lightly. If they are not done correctly, not only could they be ineffective, they could also harm you. So don't hesitate to learn them from a vet or professional groomer the first time., to learn how to do it. In addition, it's better not to wait to start: the sooner the dog gets used to these different manipulations, more easily accept them throughout your life.

    Last but not least, a brief visual inspection of its coat and different parts of its body each time you return from a long stay abroad (for example, during a hunting day) allows you to quickly detect a possible wound or the presence of a parasite, a spike, A spike…, and act accordingly to avoid taking too large proportions.

    Utility

    The American Water Spaniel was developed to be a versatile hunter. Specialized in hunting waterfowl, this talented and resilient swimmer is delighted to jump into the water to retrieve the downed game, so much that it could be considered a Retriever as a Spaniel. On land, they are mainly used to hunt grouse, quail, pheasants and rabbits. Still popular with hunters in the Midwest, where are they from?.

    In addition to his athletic qualities, his intelligence also allows him to excel in many sports and dog activities such as agility, obedience, Flyball, canicross, field trial, tracking… and of course hunting competitions.

    How much can you exercise?, it is also a wonderful pet. It is the ideal companion for an experienced owner, have a garden and be active enough to meet your significant need for activity (or that I can delegate this task in part to the children) and that he is present enough at home to avoid being alone too long. His distrust of strangers and loud barking also make him an excellent watchdog..

    Last but not least, sometimes found as a therapy dog ​​entrusted to a person suffering from a problem, a use where your gentle and affectionate temperament can work wonders.

    Price

    The American Water Spaniel it is a rare breed of dog, so very few puppies are born per year. The vast majority of breeders are in Michigan and Wisconsin ((UNITED STATES)UU.), and they usually have waiting lists of a few months to a year. They usually offer their puppies between 600 and 1.000 $ (between 500 and 900 EUR).

    It is very difficult to find a breeder outside the United States.

    Importing from abroad is often the only possible option for adopting a American Water Spaniel, transportation and administrative costs are added to the purchase price, not to mention the cost of eventual registration in the national registry of the country of adoption. In addition, it is important to respect the regulations regarding the importation of a dog from abroad.

    Characteristics “American Water Spaniel”

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

    Adaptation ⓘ

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    Dog friendly ⓘ

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    Hair loss ⓘ

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    Affection Level ⓘ

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    Need to exercise ⓘ

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    Social Needs ⓘ

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    Apartment ⓘ

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    Grooming ⓘ

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    Territorial ⓘ

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    Cat Friendly ⓘ

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    intelligence ⓘ

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    versatility ⓘ

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    Child Friendly ⓘ

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    Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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    Playfulness ⓘ

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    Images “American Water Spaniel”

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    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
    • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
    • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

    Federations:

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


    FCI breed standard "American Water Spaniel"

    FCIFCI - "American Water Spaniel"
    Dog

    Alternative names:

      1. American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel, AWS (English).
      2. American Water Spaniel, Epagneul d’eau américain (French).
      3. American Water Spaniel (German).
      4. (em inglês: american water spaniel) (Portuguese).
      5. American Water Spaniel, Spaniel de Agua Americano (Spanish).

    Barbet (French Water Dog)
    Francia FCI 105 . Water Dogs

    Barbet

    The Barbet they prefer to be in the same room with the family at all times

    Content

    History

    The Barbet (French water dog) It is a French breed of dog of medium size water.

    This dog of waters is a rare species. Almost everyone has heard of races as the Poodle, Griffon and the Bichon Frise … have you ever wondered where all these races come from?? Your answer is the following … all came from the Barbet, or as some known, the French Water Dog. Now, Where does he come from French Water Dog? Well, that is a question for which no one has a definite answer, but there are a lot of conjectures.

    Some people say that the dog of the Barbet is a descendant of the original Griffon, others say it came from the Bergamasco they were brought from Asia, When was Europe invaded, others say that the Barbet North African wine, travelling through Spain to install on France, people say that, but the French spaniel is not the origin of all Water Dogs, It is very likely that it was close to the original type.

    The reality is that Barbet has been in Europe for centuries, There are even writings about him, from the Elizabethan era describing the Barbet and the type of care necessary to keep your hair healthy.

    Physical characteristics

    Compact and robust, with good muscles and bones in relation to the volume of your body. The eyes are round, living with an expression that denotes intelligence.

    Morphologically is classified as bracoide, head approaching the form primástica, with the wide snout at the same end than at the base and separated from the front by a depression or Groove very marked, gachas ears, long and hanging lips, with highlight of the higher above the level of the mandible.

    The standard of the race measured between 58 and 65 cm for the male; and 52 - 61 cm for the female and a weight of between 17 and 28 kg . The Barbet It is the prototype of a water dog with woolly hair, long, curly. The accepted colors by the FCI they are pure black, brown, cervato, clear and grey cervato.

    Character and skills

    The Barbet was used as a water dog (as its name implies) was a great dog collector for hunting in marshy areas.

    This dog has been used by farmers for grazing, but that's not all, This dog, the Barbet He also frequented port areas to be a friend and companion of sailors. A very versatile breed.

    • Personality Barbet It is accompanying, joyful, salty, obedient and intelligent. They are quick to learn and need training to obey. You are very kind with children, families and older people.

    The Barbet they prefer to be in the same room with the family at all times. They need daily exercise to keep your body and mental state in a healthy state.

    The average life of the Barbet is of 13 - 15 years, knowing some case that has come to live 19 years.

    Characteristics “Barbet (French Water Dog)”

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

    Adaptation ⓘ

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    Dog friendly ⓘ

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    Hair loss ⓘ

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    Affection Level ⓘ

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    Need to exercise ⓘ

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    Social Needs ⓘ

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    Apartment ⓘ

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    Grooming ⓘ

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    Stranger Friendly ⓘ

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    Barking Tendencies ⓘ

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    Health Issues ⓘ

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    Territorial ⓘ

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    Cat Friendly ⓘ

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    intelligence ⓘ

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    versatility ⓘ

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    Child Friendly ⓘ

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    Watchdog Ability ⓘ

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    Playfulness ⓘ

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    Images “Barbet (French Water Dog)”

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    Type and recognitions:

    • CLASSIFICATION FCI:
    • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
    • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

    Federations:

    Recognized by the federations :

    • FCI
    • UKC
    • ​CKC


    FCI breed standard "Barbet (French Water Dog)"

    FCIFCI - "Barbet (French Water Dog)"
    Barbet

    Alternative names

      1. Barbet, French water dog (English).
      2. Barbet, chien d’eau français (French).
      3. Barbet, Französischer Wasserhund (German).
      4. Barbet, cão d’água francês (Portuguese).
      5. Barbet, Perro de aguas francés (Spanish).
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