Although the Spanish Water Dog was primarily a retriever of wildfowl, he has also traditionally been used as a herder of sheep. His thick coat, a feature of the breed, requires clipping once or twice each year.
(Source: The Kennel Club)
Links to Breed Descriptions:
The German Kennel Club (VDH). (Hint: your browser should be able to Translate to English, at least for text (e.g., right click in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).)
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Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Spain
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Agria Breed Profile - 2006-2011 - Spanish Water Dog
Agria Breed Profile - 2011-2016 - Spanish Water Dog
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO (Finnish Kennel Club Database)
Spanish Water Dog Club (UK): SWDC Health Survey Report 2017 :
Spanish Water Dog Club (UK): SWDC Health Survey Report 2014 :
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
HGTD Spanish Water Dog
The Kennel Club : SWD breed page: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/search/breeds-a-to-z/breeds/gundog/spanish-water-dog/
Research Article: TECPR2 Associated Neuroaxonal Dystrophy in Spanish Water Dogs
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
UK: The Spanish Water Dog Club
USA: Spanish Water Dog Club of America
Finland: Vesikoirat ry - Espanjanvesikoira