If you want a medium-sized, playful, active, and alert dog that makes a wonderful loving and intelligent companion, consider the Spanish Water Dog. Originally bred in Spain and Portugal as a herding dog, this is a 15- to 20-inch tall pooch that weighs approximately 30-50 pounds and lives for 12-14 years on average.
In terms of family life and personality, Spanish Water Dogs are highly affectionate with family members and very playful. They are patient and tolerant of children’s behaviors and do well with young kids in the family. Spanish Water Dogs can get along with other dogs provided they receive early socialization as puppies.
While quite open to strangers, Spanish Water Dogs have a vigilant nature and protective instinct, which makes them good watchdogs. This is a moderately adaptable breed that can adjust to some changes in routine. Spanish Water Dogs are not the ideal breed for apartment dwellers or novice dog owners. This breed is very social and does not tolerate being alone for long periods. A Spanish Water Dog can tolerate both hot and cold climates quite well. This breed has a moderate to high prey drive and wanderlust potential.
A Spanish Water Dog is a highly intelligent pooch that is eager to please. These dogs can therefore be trained with reward-based methods. Spanish Water Dogs have moderate to high energy levels and are very easily bored, so training exercises must be mixed up and involve problem-solving to keep them interested.
A vigorous play session in the yard, a game of fetch in the water, or a long walk or run every day are essential to keep this dog happy and healthy. Once a Spanish Water Dog gets the required exercise, they can “switch off” and relax when indoors.
The Spanish Water Dog’s medium length curly or corded coat should not be brushed. It should be clipped to the desired length. The coat is low maintenance but clipping does require expertise and a time commitment from owners in terms of grooming care. The cording process is not the same as other dogs with corded coats such as Bergamascos and Komondors, so you either have to take your Spanish Water Dog to a professional or learn to cord the coat yourself. The coat does not shed much at all, however. This breed does not drool heavily either.
All in all, Spanish Water Dogs are loving family companions with a hallmark woolly coat. They make vigilant watchdogs and are tireless and sturdy working dogs, acting as both livestock herders and waterfowl retrievers.
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