Spanish water dog

Other names: Turkish dog, Perro de Agua Español, Spanish Water Dog, Spanish Water Spaniel

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The Spanish Water Dog is a medium-sized, rustic, well-proportioned, harmoniously built dog. With good musculature, the Spanish Water Dog is athletic and robust.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Spain
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 14 kg to 19 kg From 42 cm to 48 cm
Male From 18 kg to 23 kg From 45 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

Physical features

Its hair: curly, woolly, which can form large strings when it is long (minimum and maximum length recommended for exhibitions: from 3 to 12 cm).
Its color: unicolour white, black or brown, or two-tone (white and black or white and brown).
His head: powerful, elegantly carried. The skull is flat, the occipital crest very moderately marked. The stop is not very marked too. The profile is straight, the nostrils well defined, the nose of the same color as the coat or darker, the lips well adapted.
His ears: of medium high attachment, triangular in shape and drooping.
Her eyes: hazel to brown in color, matching that of the dress. Very expressive and positioned slightly obliquely.
His body: solid, harmonious. The top line is straight, the withers little marked, the back straight and strong, the croup a little sloping, the chest wide, the ribs well sprung, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: moderately high, naturally short in some subjects.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Spanish Water Dog is a dog that has many skills. He presents, in fact, the qualities of a shepherd dog, a hunting dog and a fisherman . He is also distinguished by his remarkable learning and adaptation skills. As a family, the Spanish Water Dog is loyal, docile, cheerful, attentive and always quick to work.

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Obedient , his desire to learn and to please his master facilitates his education. The Spanish Water Dog requires a grip with a minimum of firmness and gentleness , without brutality or absence of limits.

Living conditions

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

the   Spanish water dog   needs a lot of daily activity, as well as large spaces to exercise freely. As such, it is not specially made for apartment living . He is more in his element in the middle of nature or near it.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Spanish water dog   is a robust and healthy dog . Its dress protects it quite well from harsh climatic conditions and humidity. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Spanish Water Dog is, on average, between 10 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   Spanish water dog   loses very little hair. These continue to grow, making regular mowing necessary. For the rest, its maintenance remains simple and not very restrictive .

It is recommended to mow the dog about 2 times a year . This can be done at home by using a trimmer and making sure to cut evenly all over your body. If it is a groomer who takes care of it, it must be made clear to him not to operate a Poodle type mowing. The Spanish Water Dog can be washed regularly with a suitable shampoo . It is then dried with a towel. It is often advisable to shave the dog for the first time from the age of 4 or 5 months, in order to get rid of its first coat, which does not effectively protect it from cold and humidity.

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

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Spanish Water Dog is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

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

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Spanish water dog   needs long and frequent outings to be satisfied on this level. They are an active dog who demand to be stimulated as often as possible.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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We talk on the forum

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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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FCI Information



FCI Group

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

Recognized by FCI

Since 1999


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