The Spanish Water Dog!

Also known as the Perro de Agua Espanol, Turco Andaluz, or the Turkish Dog, the Spanish Water Dog carries itself with elegance. Their strong head is positioned regally and they have flat skulls. Feature-wise, it is okay. They have well-fitting lips, well-formed white teeth, and very expressive, somewhat oblique eyes that are usually hazel to chestnut in color. Spanish Water Dogs have short, well-muscled necks well set into the shoulders and without dewlap. Their robust bodies have straight toplines, with a broad chest and well-arched ribs. This dog’s belly is slightly tucked up with the tail set at medium height. They have rounded front feet, tight toes, nails of different colors, and resistant pads. Their fine, supple skin adheres well to their bodies.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
10 to 14 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average

Living Conditions:
Very flexible.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 20 minute run; yard play..

Breed Group:


16-20 inches

25-40 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
White, black and chestnut.

National breed club:
Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc.

Spanish Water Dog Skills

A very old variety of the Barbet or water dog family, the Spanish Water Dog has three different types. They have been used to herd sheep despite being a water-retrieving dog. For many years, the Spanish has used them as a herder and all-around working dog. However, this breed is still almost unknown outside its hometown. Although always recognized as a multipurpose breed, they have received little attention from professional dog breeders. These dogs can be found mainly on the north coast of Spain, and are now primarily used for goat herding, and also for retrieving ducks. Some owners of this breed claim that they are the most versatile and multifaceted breed that can adapt to any household and have been used as guardian and companion – in addition to water sports, retriever, and search and rescue. In fact, teams of Spanish Water Dogs were sent to Turkey and Mexico as rescue dogs after an earthquake.

Spanish Water Dog Personality

A lot of pet owners think that the Spanish Water Dog is perfect. They are obedient, hard working, faithful, well balanced, and totally devoted to his family. Provided that they are properly introduced or raised together from a very young age, they would get along well with other dogs, and cats. They also do well with children. As with all other breeds, socialization is key. They are always eager to please and willing to work. As natural guardians, they can be aloof to strangers. They do not bark a lot but when they do, take this at once as a warning. They should not be fed table crap, just like all other breeds. The Spanish Water Dog needs a firm but gentle hand.

Exercise Needs

They are very energetic and need lots of exercise. If not properly exercised, they become restless. A long daily walk or jog as well as outdoor play is recommended.

Living Conditions

The Spanish Water Dog is very flexible. It can adapt to almost all environments or circumstances and will do well in all climates. They can survive both extreme cold and heat with no problem. Keeping one in an apartment is okay as long as it is given enough exercise.

Grooming Requirements

Never blow-dry the dog. Just let him air dry. Do not use shampoo, softeners, conditioners or other chemicals on the coat. Wash only with brown bars of the old-fashioned laundry soap and bathe only when dirty with cold water.

Health Issues

Choose your breeders carefully as there have been reported cases of hip dysplasia. Other than that, they are quite a healthy breed.

If you liked this dog… will also like the Puli. Just like the Spanish Water Dog, they can adapt to almost all environments or circumstances and is suitable for all climates.


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