Frisian water dog

Other names: Wetterhoun, Frisian Water Dog

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The Frisian Water Dog is a sturdy, well-proportioned dog of strong build, rather compact, but without the impression of coarseness or heaviness.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Netherlands
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 55 cm to 59 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 55 cm to 59 cm
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History of the breed

The origins of the Frisian Water Dog breed are as old as they are unknown. It is believed to have originated from crosses between a Gypsy dog and a Frisian dog. As its name suggests, it was in the Dutch province of Friesland that it was developed. The Frisian Water Dog was once used for hunting small mammals and waterfowl , including otters, various other mustelids, and waterfowl. World War II almost got the better of the breed; on the verge of extinction, it was saved by enthusiasts who maintained their farms. Despite everything, this dog remains quite rare nowadays and it is very little encountered outside its region of origin.

Physical features

His hair: forms thick and firm curls almost everywhere on the body, with the exception of the head and limbs.
Its color: either single-color black or brown, or two-tone black or brown with white spots.
His head: dry, powerful and with dimensions in harmony with the body. The skull is slightly rounded and of equal length with the muzzle. The stop is only very lightly marked. The nose is well developed, black or brown depending on that of the coat. The nostrils are wide open. The muzzle is strong and gradually thins towards the nose, without ending up in a point. The lips are tight and not hanging down. Moderately muscled cheeks.
Its ears: set rather low, carried against the head without being twisted, of medium length, trowel-shaped and covered with a curly hair, long near the attachment and shortening downwards.
His eyes: oval in shape, medium in size, dark brown in black dogs, brown in brown ones, showing a rather harsh expression.
His body: writable in a square and strongly built. The back is short and straight, the kidney strong, the croup moderately descending, the chest broad, the ribs well sprung and developed and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: rolled up, long, carried either above or to the side of the rump.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Frisian Water Dog   is a dog with a balanced temperament . He is particularly distinguished by his calm , but docility is not his strong point. Reputed to be stubborn, the Frisian Water Dog is a good guardian because of its nature reserve vis-à-vis strangers. He is not aggressive, however.

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The education of the Frisian Water Dog must be firm , because he is not the type to obey easily. It’s not about being brutal though, but rather setting limits on him early enough that he doesn’t do what he wants. No less sensitive than other dogs, he also needs gentleness and understanding from his master, to whom he is very attached.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Frisian Water Dog   is a dog made to live as close as possible to nature . The ideal living environment for him is the countryside, but he can adapt to the city provided he is walked enough and has a large fenced garden. It is aimed at experienced masters , able to manage its strong head and offer it regular activities.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Frisian Water Dog is a hardy, hardy and healthy dog . There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Friesian Water Dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Frisian Water Dog is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Frisian Water Dog remains subject to a seasonal moult during which it loses substantial – but not exaggerated – amounts of hair. Its maintenance does not present any particular constraint , as long as it is carried out regularly .

Regular brushing helps keep the dog’s coat and skin clean. During moulting, brushing becomes more frequent to remove dead hair.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Frisian Water Dog is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Frisian Water Dog is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Business needs   Frisian water dog   are important. Despite his calm temperament, he is endowed with considerable energy which makes long daily walks essential.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club


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– Active: the owner must be energetic and dynamic to live in harmony with his dog.
– Hyperactive: the owner must be stimulating and very restless to suit the temperament of his dog.”>

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Tap water / Spring water?

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My dog does not like water: how to overcome his fear?

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My dog drinks the water from the bucket when I mop is it …

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What to do if your dog falls into the water?

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My dog is playing with his water

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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1959


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