An ancient breed developed in southern Spain over the last thousand years, the Spanish Water Dog (Spanish: Perro de Agua Español) is used today as a sheepdog and guard, and is a skilled gundog and water retriever.
Though it’s exact origin is unknown, the Spanish Water Dog is related to other water breeds such as the Portuguese Water Dog, French Barbet and Irish Water Spaniel. One theory is that the dog was imported into the Iberian Peninsula from Africa during the Moor occupation (710-1036). By 1100, its existence was documented in the region.
In 1985, the breed was officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Weight: Female: 31–40 lbs (14–18 kg) Male: 40–49 lbs (18–22 kg)
Height: Female: 15–19 inches (38–48 cm) Male: 17–20 inches (42–52 cm)
Coat: Curly and woolly that may grow out to form tight, tapered cords.
Color: Black, White, Black & White, White & Chocolate, Brown, Beige.
Life span: 10-14 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Diligent, Loyal, Athletic.
Health: Healthy breed. Some may be susceptible to hip dysplasia, allergies, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and hypothyroidism.
• Also known as the Turkish Dog, Perro Turco, Laneto, Perro Patero, Perro Rizado, Churro and Barbeta.
• Their coat should never be brushed.
KC (UK): Gundogs
UKC: Gun Dog
FCI: Group 8, Section 3 Water Dogs #336