About the breed Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog is very old breed from Iberian peninsula. The most of population came from Andalucia where was called as "turco", "laneto", or "churro". Rustic dog, well proportioned (medium weight), dolichocephalic, of rather elongated harmonious shape and attractive appearance, of an athletic nature with well developed muscles owing to his regular exercise; the profile is rectilinear; his sight, hearing and scent are well developed. Females may be slightly longer in body.



     Lenght of body | size = 9/8   

     Depht of chest | size = 1/2    Lenght of muzzle | lenght of skull = 2/3


Behaviour & Temperament

This breed is very funny, cheerful, brave character for family with taste to work. It's fearless and courageous dog with a balanced character, good with other dogs or animalsIt is able to adapt to any type of housing, whether it is urban, rural or apartment complex. In Spain it takes mainly as a shepherd dog, but was used as a helper of fishermen. Today is used as agility dog, shepherd or for searching bombs,drugs.


Coat, Colours and Care about Cords

Skin: Flexible, fine and well adhered to the body. It is colored according to the tone of the coat, the same as all mucus membranes.

Coat: The hair is of a wooly consistence, always curly when it is short until presented in cords when it is long. It must be the same length on the head and body. The maximum recommended length for showing is 15cm and a minimum of 2cm to show the quality of the curls. Traditionally shaved once a year. It is of great importance that the rustic nature of the breed is maintained, because of this any sign of sculpting or shaping or cutting of the hair for aesthetic purposes must be severely penalized.

(correct shaved head, ears and muzzle ; clipping on 8mm ; making of cords with fingers)

Eye of the Tiger



(solid black, black/white, black/white with spotting, white or cream)

(solid brown, brown/white, brown/white with spotting, roan colour)

(black/tan and brown/tan colour)



(grey, tricolour, sable, dalmatian colour)


Head & Neck

Head: Strong, of elegent bearing
-Skull: rather flat and square, with the little marked occipital proturbance (or crest).
-Stop: mildly pronounced
-Snout: strong, without loss of harmony and clearly shorter than the skull. Straight profile of muzzle.
-Nose: wide, with well defined nostrils and completely colored in the same or more intense color than the darkest color of the coat.
-Lips: Tidy and colored according to the color of the nose. Well defined corners of the mouth.
-Teeth: Well formed. Scissor bite. Level bite is allowed in specimens of great quality and advanced age. Jaw strong and with full dentition.
-Eyes: slightly oblique, oval, very expressive, neither protruding nor sunken. Colored from hazel to dark brown, in harmony with the color of the coat.
-Ears: of medium size, drooping, triangular, slightly rounded tips and attached slightly above the level of the eye.

Short, muscular and without excess skin (dewlap). Well placed into the shoulders.

(head of champion male, strong and muscular short neck, lenght of muzzle/lenght of skull: 2/3, head of 6-months old female)


Body & Tail & Limbs

-General Impression: robust, strong, slightly longer than tall in a proportion of 9/8.
-Topline: straight, parallel to the ground, solid even in movement. Never sloaping. Loin wide and strong.
-Chest: deep with well sprung ribs, short of elbow and making important space for the heart and lungs. Distance from the whithers to the elbow is equal to the distance from the elbow to the floor.
-Bottomline: belly slightly tucked

Medium placement. Traditionally it was docked leaving only two vertebrae. Without docking, the Spanish Water Dog tail is long and well covered with hair, falling gently at rest. Some specimens are born bob-tailed, a very valued recessive trait in the breed, or with some vertebrae or half tail, both of which should not be penalized. It may be allowed, but is not desired, for some specimens with a short crooked tail at the tip. The preferred tail carriage in motion is saber, more or less elevated, but without passing the peerpendicular line with the ground. Corkscrew tail or those below the croup are not desired.

-Forequarters: straight, parallel, solid, and well boned. Moderate shoulder angulation. Strong boned, but not heavy. Shoulders muscled and oblique, elbows close to the chest, without deviations, wrists and front pasterns quite short. Feet wide and round. Toes curved, tall, and well formed, pads consistent. Nails can be different colors.
-Hindquarters: Moderate angulation. Seen from behind they are parellel and perfectly boned, with equal distance between them. Thighs strong and muscular. Hocks descended and without deviations. Ankles and rear pasterns rather short. Hind feet with same characteristics as front.

(World Winner/BOB 2012 from Salzburg, champion male)


Movement & Size

Energetic, athletic, covering sufficient ground and with powerful drive from behind. Without rising or short steps and with parallel limbs. As velocity increases, the feet can converge towards the center of gravity of the body. Ambling is very undesirable.

Height at the whithers. It is of great importance that the dimorpism between genders is obvious.
-Males: 45-50cm (+/- 1cm allowed).
-Females: 41-46cm (+/- 1cm allowed).

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