Spanish Water Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Spanish Water Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSpain flagSpain
Other Names
What other names does the Spanish Water Dog have?
Perro De Agua Español
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Spanish Water Dog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Spanish Water Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Spanish Water Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Spanish Water Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Spanish Water Dog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Spanish Water Dog?
Frequent: The Spanish Water Dog is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Spanish Water Dog Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Spanish Water Dog weigh? Spanish Water Dog weight:
Male: 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Spanish Water Dog? Spanish Water Dog average weight:
Male: 44.5 pounds (20 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height
How tall is the Spanish Water Dog? Spanish Water Dog height:
Male: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Spanish Water Dog average height:
Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Spanish Water Dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Spanish Water Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
CurlyWaterproofWoollyNo UndercoatGrow into dreadlocks
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Spanish Water Dog's coat?
ChestnutWhiteBlackBlack & WhiteBrown & White
Grooming
How to groom the Spanish Water Dog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Spanish Water Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Spanish Water Dog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Spanish Water Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Perro De Agua Español?
Spanish Water Dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Spanish Water Dog dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Spanish Water Dog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Spanish Water Dog every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Spanish Water Dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Spanish Water Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateDiligentTrainableAthleticLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Spanish Water Dog? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Spanish Water Dog obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Spanish Water Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Spanish Water Dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Spanish Water Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Spanish Water Dog sensitivity:
Sensitive: Spanish Water Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Spanish Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Perro De Agua Español need? Spanish Water Dog social needs:
Spanish Water Dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Spanish Water Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Perro De Agua Español bark?
Average: The Spanish Water Dog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Spanish Water Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Spanish Water Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Spanish Water Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Spanish Water Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Spanish Water Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Spanish Water Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Spanish Water Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Spanish Water Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Perro De Agua Español? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Spanish Water Dog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Spanish Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Spanish Water Dog has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Spanish Water Dog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Spanish Water Dog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Spanish Water Dog do?
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Spanish Water Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Spanish Water Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Spanish Water Dog roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Spanish Water Dog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Spanish Water Dog have high prey drive?
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Spanish Water Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Spanish Water Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Spanish Water Dog breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Spanish Water Dog indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Spanish Water Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Spanish Water Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Spanish Water Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Spanish Water Dog temperament with other people:
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Spanish Water Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Spanish Water Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Spanish Water Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Spanish Water Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Spanish Water Dog temperament with children:
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Spanish Water Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Spanish Water Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Spanish Water Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Spanish Water Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Spanish Water Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Spanish Water Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Spanish Water Dogs good office dogs? Do Spanish Water Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Spanish Water Dogs be office dogs?
No
Spanish Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Spanish Water Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Perro De Agua Español temperament with senior people? Are Spanish Water Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Spanish Water Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.

Spanish Water Dog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Spanish Water Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Spanish Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Spanish Water Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Spanish Water Dog breed? Most common health risks of Spanish Water Dog:
Addison's DiseaseAllergiesCataractsCherry EyeDistichiasisExocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismNeuroaxonal DystrophyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Spanish Water Dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Spanish Water Dog see the vet?
Average
The Spanish Water Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Spanish Water Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Spanish Water Dog be? What is the age limit of the Spanish Water Dog? How many years can the oldest Spanish Water Dog live?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Spanish Water Dog: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Spanish Water Dog breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Spanish Water Dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Spanish Water Dog have? What is the activity level of the Spanish Water Dog?
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Spanish Water Dog dogs require per day?
Spanish Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Spanish Water Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Spanish Water Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Spanish Water Dog risk for obesity:
Average: The Spanish Water Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Spanish Water Dog's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Spanish Water Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Spanish Water Dog drool?
The Spanish Water Dog is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Spanish Water Dog could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Spanish Water Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Spanish Water Dog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Spanish Water Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Spanish Water Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Spanish Water Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Spanish Water Dog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Spanish Water Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Spanish Water Dog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Spanish Water Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Spanish Water Dog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Spanish Water Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Spanish Water Dog be a boat dog?

Yes

Spanish Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Spanish Water Dog be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Spanish Water Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Spanish Water Dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Spanish Water Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Spanish Water Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Spanish Water Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Spanish Water Dog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Spanish Water Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Spanish Water Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Spanish Water Dog breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.National Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Spanish Water Dog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Spanish Water Dogs are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Spanish Water Dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Spanish Water Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Spanish Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Spanish Water Dog is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Spanish Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Spanish Water Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Spanish Water Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Spanish Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Spanish Water Dog breed in the home.
  • Mouthiness: Spanish Water Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Spanish Water Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Spanish Water Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Child Friendly: Spanish Water Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Spanish Water Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Spanish Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Spanish Water Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.

Spanish Water Dog History

The Spanish Water Dog's history

Those who are versed in dog breeds may think that the Spanish Water Dog is related to the well-known Portuguese Water Dog. Despite the similarities in their name, if you compare the two breeds you can see there are differences in their look, personality, and origin, too. (If you are interested in the differences between the two breeds, check out our website’s ‘Compare Dog Breeds’ option.)
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Spanish Water Dog in 2015 and they classified it as a herding breed. The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) accepted it too and they categorized them as Retrievers in the Water Dog section.


When somebody sees this breed's name, their first suggestion is that this dog must love water. To understand why this breed's name contains this word we collected some information about its history. Most possibly, the breed comes from the Iberian Peninsula’s lakes and meadows, but we're not sure where they exactly originate from. We do have two theories, however. The first one says maybe they were brought from North-Africa by the Moors who occupied Spain during the 8th century. The second one claims they were brought to Spain by Turkish traders. The second theory would explain why this breed's nickname is "the Turkish dog". What we know for sure is that this breed was brought into Spain by foreigners who stayed there long enough for the breed to start to spread.


The fishermen often chose this type of dog because of their waterproof coat. This characteristic and the breed's personality were beneficial to them because they easily moved on the boat, helped to catch fish, guarded the prey, and they were not afraid of water either. Fundamentally, this dog worked as a multi-purpose farm dog, and mainly they helped in herding, hunting, and protecting their owners. Those skills which helped them with this activity still appear in their personality. They are much more loyal toward their handlers than other breeds, as well as being active and easy to train.

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Spanish Water Dog Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Elizabeth

    May 21, 2021, 11:07:22 PM:

    Plus: I've had mutts, Malamutes, GS, Border Collies... And my adopted SWD has been the most intelligent one.

  • Elizabeth

    May 21, 2021, 11:06:14 PM:

    You MUST socialize them as puppies or they won't be kind to strangers. They are TRAINED and used here for rescuing people and as sniffing dogs, they usually belong to the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard). Most affectionate dog ever :)

  • Spanish Water Dog

    Feb 13, 2020, 5:15:08 PM: