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Wetterhoun Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Other Names
What other names does the Wetterhoun have? The dog breed also known as...
Frisian Water Dog, Dutch Spaniel, Otterhoun
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Wetterhoun recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Wetterhoun 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 Wetterhoun breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
How much does the Wetterhoun 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? Wetterhoun price:
If you choose to purchase the Wetterhoun, 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 Wetterhoun for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Wetterhoun gets to a happy place.

Wetterhoun History

The Wetterhoun’s name translates to ‘water dog’ in Dutch, which suggests that the breed can trace its origins back to the Netherlands. The breed was created by the efficient breeders of the Dutch province named Friesland as early as the 1600s. Interestingly, the Friesian horse is also originated from this area.

According to experts, the breed is presumably descended from the now-extinct Old Water Dog, which had also contributed to the development of several Spaniel breeds throughout its existence. Later, yet still, in the early days of the breed’s development, the Fresian Water Dog was also included in the breeding mix. The Wetterhoun is thought to be created in the same period as the Stabyhoun was. Initially, the Wetterhoun’s purpose was to hunt down and kill otters stealing fish from the Dutch fishermen. That is the reason why the breed was known under the name Otterhound for a longer period of time. Thanks to the breed’s effectiveness, the otter population became more manageable in the Northern part of the Netherlands, thus later people gave the dogs other duties too.

Firstly, the breed was used to hunt small game on land including small mammals like polecats. Most members of hunter communities agreed on the fact, that the breed is fearless against any mammal game. Later the breed was introduced to the job of guarding property. The dogs were really well-esteemed in the guarding role, thanks to their even-temperament and predictable behavior against strangers. The Wetterhound was great at protecting the farmstead and livestock without posing any risk to the farmers’ families. As hunting practices became more fashionable in Europe, the breed was also trained to be a gundog, who can flush and retrieve game from both land and water easily.

The Wetterhoun population’s number faced a drastic decline during the Second World War, because of the neglect and the decreasing interest in hunting and thus, the declining number of hunters. The breed got to the brink of extinction by the end of the World War. Fortunately, thanks to the breeders’ and fanciers’ well-planned and overlooked breeding efforts, the Wetterhoun was revitalized. Despite the restoration, the breed is still considered to be a rare one, especially outside of its native land, the Netherlands. The Dutch Kennel Club recognized the Wetterhoun in 1943. However, the UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized it much later, in 2006. Because of the breed’s rarity, nowadays, breeders are still trying to preserve the dogs’ DNA while also maintaining and expanding the population, rather than cross-breed the Wetterhoun in order to develop new designer breeds. Today, the breed is mostly kept as family companions.

Wetterhoun General Appearance & Basic Info

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Wetterhoun size:
How much does the Wetterhoun weigh? Wetterhoun weight:
55-77 pounds (25-35 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Wetterhoun? Wetterhoun average weight:
66 pounds (30 kg)
How tall is the Wetterhoun? Wetterhoun height:
21.5-23 inches (55-59 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Wetterhoun average height:
21.14 inches (57 cm)

Wetterhoun Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Wetterhoun have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Wetterhoun's coat?
How to groom the Wetterhoun and how often?
Effortless: The Wetterhoun requires minimal 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 sometimes to avoid infections. Wetterhoun is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Wetterhoun dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Frisian Water Dog? Wetterhoun shedding level:
Wetterhouns shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Wetterhoun need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Wetterhoun every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, 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.

Wetterhoun Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Wetterhoun have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Wetterhoun? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Wetterhoun. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Are Wetterhoun dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Wetterhouns are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
Wetterhouns are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Wetterhoun sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Wetterhouns don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Wetterhouns are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Frisian Water Dog need? Wetterhoun social needs:
Wetterhouns need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Wetterhoun dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dutch Spaniel bark?
Low to Average: The Wetterhoun rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Wetterhoun good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Wetterhouns are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Wetterhouns will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Wetterhoun dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Wetterhouns are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Wetterhoun can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Wetterhoun will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Wetterhoun bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Frisian Water Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Wetterhoun? Why do dog bites happen?
The Wetterhoun 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 Wetterhoun has a hard bite?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Wetterhoun, 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.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Wetterhoun do?
Wetterhouns have an 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 Wetterhouns need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Wetterhoun to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Wetterhoun roam?
Wetterhouns have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Wetterhoun have high prey drive?
Wetterhouns have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Wetterhoun good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem lakásbarát kutya Wetterhoun. Ha nincs kerted, akkor jól gondold át a döntésedet, sok gondot okozhat Wetterhoun tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Wetterhouns adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Wetterhoun dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Wetterhoun Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Wetterhoun temperament with other people:
Wetterhouns are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Wetterhoun dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Wetterhoun temperament with children:
Wetterhouns are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Wetterhoun dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Wetterhouns are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Wetterhoun good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Wetterhoun dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Wetterhouns are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Wetterhoun breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Wetterhouns are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Wetterhoun 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). Wetterhoun is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Wetterhoun be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Wetterhoun 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. Wetterhoun is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Wetterhoun be a sniffer dog?
Not really
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. Wetterhoun is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are Wetterhouns good office dogs? Do Wetterhouns make good office friendly dogs? Can Wetterhouns be office dogs?
Wetterhoun is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Wetterhoun be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Wetterhoun is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Wetterhoun dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Frisian Water Dog temperament with senior people? Are Wetterhoun dogs good for elderly owners?
Wetterhouns are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Wetterhoun be a boat dog?
Wetterhoun breed usually likes being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Wetterhoun dogs get along with other pets? Are Wetterhoun dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Wetterhouns are generally with other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Wetterhoun 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. Wetterhoun is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Wetterhoun Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Wetterhoun dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Wetterhouns tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Wetterhoun breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Wetterhoun see the vet?
The Wetterhoun should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Wetterhoun dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Wetterhoun be? What is the age limit of the Wetterhoun? How many years can the oldest Wetterhoun live?
12-14 years
Is the Wetterhoun breed hypoallergenic?
Wetterhouns don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher 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 Wetterhoun have? What is the activity level of the Wetterhoun?
Wetterhouns 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 Wetterhoun dogs require per day?
Wetterhouns 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?
Wetterhouns are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Wetterhoun need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Wetterhoun risk for obesity:
Average. The Wetterhoun 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 Wetterhoun's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Wetterhoun 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 Wetterhoun drool?
The Wetterhoun is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Wetterhoun 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 Wetterhoun. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Wetterhoun 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 Wetterhoun: 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 Wetterhoun have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-7 puppies

Wetterhoun Pros & Cons

  • Grooming: Effortless: The Wetterhoun requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Wetterhoun is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Wetterhouns are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Wetterhouns are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Wetterhouns are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: Wetterhoun breed usually likes being on a boat.
  • Health Issues: Wetterhouns tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Wetterhouns don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem lakásbarát kutya Wetterhoun.
  • Office Friendly: Wetterhoun is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Wetterhouns are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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