The Spanish Water Dog’s origins are unknown and debated by many experts. What is known is that this rustic multi-purpose breed was developed in Spain many centuries ago to fulfill a variety of purposes including herding, hunting, water work and companionship. Starting in 1975, the breed was brought out from obscurity and in 1985, it was recognized by the Real Sociedad Central de Fomento de Razas Caninas en España.
As you’d expect of a hardworking multipurpose breed, Spanish Water Dogs are intelligent and train beautifully. Centuries as flock dogs have made them territorial, and wary of strangers and other animals—excellent watchdog credentials. Still close to their working roots, they need plenty of exercise and the kind of mental stimulation that extensive playtime or organized dog sports can provide. As their name suggests, these web-footed wonders are expert swimmers. They make excellent all-around companions for a family that can provide outlets for their athleticism.
Did You Know?
The Spanish Water Dog was eligible to compete in the Herding Group, beginning January 1, 2015.
At the February 2014 Board Meeting the Spanish Water Dog Club of America became the official parent club for the Spanish Water Dog. The Spanish Water became eligible for AKC registration, December 1, 2014 was eligible to compete in the Herding Group, beginning January 1, 2015. AKC will maintain an open registry for the breed until January 1, 2020.
At the October 2011 Board Meeting the group designation for the Spanish Water Dog changed from Sporting to Herding per a request from the Spanish Water Dog Club.
At the April 2011 Board Meeting the Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc. will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Spanish Water Dog.
At the July 2007 Board Meeting the Spanish Water Dog was approved to compete in AKC Herding Events for suffix titles effective January 1, 2008.
At the July 2011 Board Meeting the Spanish Water Dog was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class, effective June 27, 2012.
At the May 2007 Board Meeting the Spanish Water Dog became eligible to compete in Companion Events effective January 1, 2008.
At the October 2005 Board Meeting two new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program - the Russell Terrier and Spanish Water Dog.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Beige & White w/Black Nose||512|
|Beige & White w/Brown Nose||513|
|Beige w/Black Nose||510|
|Black & White||019|
|Brown & White||063|
|White & Beige w/Black Nose||514|
|White & Beige w/Brown Nose||515|
|White & Black||202|
|White & Brown||204|
|White w/Black Nose||508|
|White w/Brown Nose||509|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|