The Spanish Water Dog: A Complete Guide

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Even though it is known as the ‘Spanish Water Dog’ it may be the case that this particular breed originated in Turkey hundreds of years ago.

That being said, this is a breed that stands out from the crowd as it does have a pretty unique look.

However, as with any dog, there is a real requirement for you to have a true understanding of what the breed is all about, and whether or not this is going to be the correct breed of dog for you.

This is going to be especially true when you are dealing with a dog of this size, as not everyone is going to be prepared for looking after them.

You want the best for your dog and to provide it with everything that it needs to live a long and happy life.

That is where our complete guide to the Spanish Water Dog is going to prove to be useful.

As you are about to see, we will cover each and every aspect to make it easier for you to decide if this is the correct dog for you.

Spanish Water Dog Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Spanish Water Dog sitting on the grass
Spanish Water Dog is an exceptionally loving breed of dog.

With Spanish Water Dogs, what you have is a breed that is going to require some specialist attention.

That’s not to say that there are problems because that’s not the case, but they do require some extra care throughout their life.

However, before you go ahead and splash the cash, you might want to think about how you would answer these questions and do so honestly.

  • Are you able to provide them with the care and attention that they require?
  • Have you previously trained or cared for a dog of this size?
  • Do you fully understand the nature of the breed and any other issues that may arise?

This is all just common sense to think about this kind of thing, but it will certainly lead to both you and your dog having a far more beneficial relationship.

What Price are Spanish Water Dog Puppies?

The Spanish Water Dog is not the most common of breeds out there, but do not fall into the trap of believing that this will push their price up as that’s not always the case.

Instead, it all comes down to the usual things that determine the price. This means their pedigree and your location.

The better the pedigree, then the higher the price; it is as simple as that.

Generally speaking, you are looking at a price in the United States somewhere in the region of $1000 to $1200.

In the United Kingdom, a puppy from a Kennel Club registered breeder is going to be around £800 to £1000.

How to Find Reputable Spanish Water Dog Breeders?

There will not be a plethora of Spanish Water Dog breeders out there for you to choose from, but that doesn’t mean that you need to go for the first one that you come across.

Instead, you need to be sensible and approach the Kennel Club in your country for some help.

They have a registry of the various breeders for the different breeds that they recognize, and they will be more than happy to point you in the direction of one of them.

Your other main option is to look for other Spanish Water Dog owners and ask them about the breeder that they used.

If they are serious about helping the breed, then they will be more than happy to share the details with anybody that is showing real interest in the development of the breed.

3 Little-Known Facts About Spanish Water Dog Puppies

A Spanish Water Dog running
Spanish Water Dog is great for families with children.

There is a pretty good chance that you know relatively little about the breed, so these facts could prove to be rather insightful for you.

  • They are not Spanish.

Even though the nationality appears in their name, it does seem that the origins of this particular breed are not to be discovered in Spain.

Instead, it seems that you have to travel to Turkey to discover the true origins of this breed.

  • They aren’t a water dog.

Continuing with the issues surrounding their name, it seems that they are not even a water dog either. If they were, then they would be in the sporting group of the KC.

However, they are actually in the herding group as herding is what they were initially bred for.

  • They have a lot of names.

They are not just known as the Spanish Water Dog but also the Andalucian Turk, Perro Turco, and Turco Andaluz.

Physical Traits of the Spanish Water Dog

It is when we come to the physical traits of the Spanish Water Dog that we start to get to grips with the breed.

As we said at the outset, they are rather distinctive in their look, and they will certainly stop people in the street.

Even though it appears to have a lot of fur, this breed is non-shedding.

This does also mean that there will be limited grooming needs, but you still have to keep on top of things to prevent any health problems from developing.

Their build is one that can only be described as being rather robust and athletic. Their coat does help to hide a muscular frame, but they are certainly rather powerful dogs.

Their neck is strong and their head is held high. Their paws are also rather large for the breed, but it does provide them with a firm stance, and it fits in well with the rest of their strong look.

Their coat is curly but you should never clip their coat just to make them look better in your eyes. Instead, this is something that has to be left alone and as completely natural as possible.

They also do not shed, so they are hypoallergenic and ideal for people that perhaps have issues with allergies.

They can also be in various colors, but the main ones to look out for are black, white and brown with a multitude of combinations covering those three.

How Big is a Full-Grown Spanish Water Dog?

A full-grown Spanish Water Dog is not exactly small. That being said, there is some variation in both the height and weight of this breed when you are looking at the two sexes.

In general, you are looking at this breed of dog measuring anywhere between 17 to 20 inches for the male and 16 to 18 inches for the female.

For their weight, then the make is between 40 to 49lbs while the female is 31 to 40lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Spanish Water Dog?

The life expectancy of the Spanish Water Dog can be anywhere between 10 to 14 years.

As is the norm, this all comes down to so many aspects, but we will cover them throughout the remainder of this guide.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Spanish Water Dog

A Spanish Water Dog looking curiously at you
Spanish Water Dog has a pretty unique look.

The first thing to mention when it comes to this breed is that it is highly intelligent and is viewed as being extremely loyal and gentle for its size.

They do have a strong natural instinct to be both herd and guard, so they are going to be very alert to what is going on and will seek to go and investigate when they hear an unusual noise.

That is why they can be a good guard dog thanks to their inquisitive nature.

They also have a very playful side to them and will seek to get involved in whatever it is that you are doing. They will try to please you whenever they can, so they are good at obedience tasks.

You may also find that they are slightly wary of strangers, but they will simply try to work out if they can trust them or if they should continue to be wary.

Their intelligence does mean that they will question things, which is certainly a positive attribute.

Training them should be very easy to do even if you have never done anything like this before.

They enjoy taking commands, and they do learn rather quickly, so you should not be going over the same thing time and time again.

The Spanish Water Dog’s Diet

If you have purchased a puppy from a breeder, then the first thing to mention is that you need to keep it on the feeding schedule, and the same food, while they grow.

This will reduce the chances of the puppy developing a number of digestive issues as they grow, and you will at least know that they are getting the correct level of nutrients.

Feed them twice a day, and do not leave food around for them to just eat whenever they want. They will keep doing this and it will lead to an obesity problem which should always be avoided.

As with any other breed, you should always aim to provide them with high-quality food that is devoid of fillers that are simply there to bulk up the product.

If it is high in cereals, then it could easily lead to digestive issues, so go for the purest form of food possible.

Also, remember that their needs change as they age, so seek advice from your vet as to what to do next with their food and nutritional requirements to make sure that their body still gets what it needs for that stage in life.

In general, an adult dog should be fed in the region of 300g of food per day unless they are not too active at which point it should drop to a maximum of 250g.

How Much Exercise Does a Spanish Water Dog Need?

A Spanish Water Dog does require a rather healthy amount of exercise to keep it nice and healthy.

This is going to mean a considerable amount of walking for you, and at the same time, you need to make sure that the walks are interesting for them.

This breed requires at least 60 minutes of exercise per day, but in an ideal world, you would be able to provide them with more than that.

Also, provide them with mental stimulation as well to prevent any issues with their behavior.

It would also be better for them if there was a large garden that they could roam around whenever they wanted to.

Spanish Water Dog Health and Conditions

As with any breed, there are various health conditions that you might want to be aware of as being a potential cause for concern.

A number of them can be congenital, and you are advised to seek advice from the breeder before purchasing your puppy.

By all accounts, a good breeder will be able to provide you with the results of tests for certain conditions, and that the parents have been checked out.

In this instance, the main health conditions for you to be aware of are as follows:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy

There are, of course, other issues such as allergies and infections to be aware of, but those listed above will be key.

My Final Thoughts on the Spanish Water DogA Spanish Water Dog

There is little doubt that the Spanish Water Dog is an impressive breed of dog to not only look at but also to own.

If you are seeking a breed of dog that is going to grab the attention of others, then this is going to be more than capable of achieving that.

This is an exceptionally loving breed of dog that is going to go out of its way to make you happy thanks to its fun-loving nature.

Yes, the name may be deceptive, as we discovered earlier, but the Spanish Water Dog is bigger than life itself.

With it being so friendly, and good around children, this can be a wonderful family dog even if you already have other pets.

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