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    Brief Description: 

    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).)


    AKC Video:

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel:


    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Perro de agua español

    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

    Country of origin: Spain

    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed Standards: 

    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)


    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    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.

    Click here to view downloads


      2. The Kennel Club - Registration Statistics Sept 2015

      Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

      Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

      1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
      2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
      3. Finland


      Health Surveys

      Breed-Specific DNA Tests: 

      The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.

      Breed-Specific Research: 

      Research Article: TECPR2 Associated Neuroaxonal Dystrophy in Spanish Water Dogs

      Breed Clubs: 

      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


    Edited by Dave St. Louis

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