Spanish Water Dog

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 3in - 1ft 8in
Weight: 30-50lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty5/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Spanish Water Dog Information

Spanish Water DogIf you want a unique-looking dog that very few other people own, consider the Spanish Water Dog. This pup has a distinctive curly coat that comes in solid black, beige, brown or white, or multiple colors. The breed is loyal, lively and affectionate. He’ll watch over your home and provide snuggles at the same time.

Where did the Spanish Water Dog originate? The breed’s exact origins are unknown. Some believe Turkish merchants brought the dog to the South Iberian Peninsula during trade routes. Others say the dog hails from Northern Africa. Either way, it has been in Spain for almost 1,000 years.

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Breed FAQs

Can Spanish Water Dogs be apartment dogs?

The Spanish Water Dogs does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Spanish Water Dogs be left alone?

While Spanish Water Dogs prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Spanish Water Dogs good with kids?

Spanish Water Dogs can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Spanish Water Dogs friendly with strangers?

Spanish Water Dogs tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Spanish Water Dogs get along with other dogs?

Although Spanish Water Dogs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Spanish Water Dogs bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Spanish Water Dogs bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Spanish Water Dogs shed a lot?

The Spanish Water Dog rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Spanish Water Dogs need a lot of grooming?

Expect Spanish Water Dogs to require regular grooming. Their coats will need brushing and continued maintenance.

Do Spanish Water Dogs need a lot of exercise?

The Spanish Water Dog has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Spanish Water Dogs easy to train?

Typically, Spanish Water Dogs are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Spanish Water Dogs handle cold weather?

Spanish Water Dogs do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Spanish Water Dogs handle hot weather?

Spanish Water Dogs do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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