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  • Temperament: Loyal, Good-Natured, Intelligent
  • Height: 23 inches (male), 21.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-75 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Breed Standard
Black-colored Wetterhoun standing in the grass.
Brown and white-colored Wetterhoun standing in the grass.
Wetterhound puppy laying down indoors.

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The Wetterhoun should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval.


The Wetterhoun requires minimal grooming.  The coat is naturally oily and waterproof, therefore, frequent bathing is not necessary.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Occasional Bath/Brush




Daily exercise is good for the physical and mental well being of the Wetterhoun.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise


The Wetterhoun can be strong willed however they are never willfully disobedient.   The breed can be sensitive therefore should not be harshly trained.


May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
May be Stubborn


Reserved with Strangers


The Wetterhoun is a pretty healthy breed, even with its small population.  The NVSW currently has introduced an outcross program to help introduce more genetic variety into the breed.  There are recommended health tests from the parent club to reduce occurrences of health issues.


Recommended Health Tests

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Severe Combine Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Wetterhoun nursing puppies.
Wetterhoun nursing puppies.


The Wetterhoun was originally bred to hunt otters and is native to Friesland, Netherlands. The breed is considered rare, and most reside in the Netherlands today. The Dutch Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1943. The Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stabiij en Wetterhounen, the breed’s club in the Netherlands, is also the club for the Wetterhoun’s close relative, the Stabyhoun.

Did You Know?

The Wetterhoun was approved for the Foundation Stock Service program in November 2019.
The Wetterhoun is also known as the Frisian Water Dog.
The Wetterhuon originated in the same province as the Friesian horse.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings


Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Black Check Mark For Standard Color 007
Black & White Check Mark For Standard Color 019
Brown & White Check Mark For Standard Color 063
Brown Check Mark For Standard Color 061
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