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Spanish Water Dog (Brown & White, Muzzle)
Brown & White, Muzzle

Breed Information


2022: #163

2021: #145

2020: #149

2019: #144

2018: #153

2017: #148

2016: #162

2015: #167

Name Spanish Water Dog
Other names Perro De Agua Español, SWD
Origin Spain
Breed Group

Herding (AKC:2015)

Gun Dog (UKC)

Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-14 years







Male: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm)

Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)


Male: 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg)

Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)



Black & White


Brown & White


Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

The Spanish Water Dog was presented by the American Kennel Club as a rare breed in 2000. It is not a common or popular dog in North America it may take a while to find a decent breeder. Pups of this breed can range from anywhere between $1500 to $2500 in price.

Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Spanish Water Dog can adapt to almost all environments or circumstances, as long as it gets enough exercise. These hardy dogs can endure both extreme heat and cold with no problem.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

2 stars

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

The Spanish Water Dog should get plenty of exercise, which includes a daily walk. These dogs are energetic and lively and are in their glory when allowed to romp and play. As young puppies (from 1 month to 7 months of age), their exercise should never be over-taxed, to avoid possible bone and joint problems later on, but should still be taken on a daily walk. They become more active and sleep less as they mature and by the time they are a year old, these dogs have endless stamina and are very fast, athletic and agile.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming the Spanish Water Dog is easy. Typically, the coat is clipped once or twice a year to approximately 1 inch over the entire body, including the head and ears. Between clips, there’s no need to comb, brush or blow-dry the coat, all of which can damage the texture and shape of the curls.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


4 stars

The intelligence of the Perro de Agua Espanol makes training fairly easy.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Spanish Water Dog Puppy (Brown, Muzzle)
Brown, Muzzle

Spanish Water Dog Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Daisy
03 Buddy Molly
04 Cooper Chloe
05 Jack Lucy
06 Henry Stella
07 Tucker Luna
08 Oscar Coco
09 Teddy Roxy
10 Bailey Gracie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Spanish Water Dog is a medium size, athletic, robust dog that is slightly longer than tall. Their tails are usually docked in the US, but undocked tails are not a fault in conformation showing if the dog was bred in a non-docking country. The head should be strong and carried with elegance. The skull is flat and the top is parallel with the top of the muzzle. The nose, eye-rims and paw pads are the same colour as the darkest part of the coat or darker. The eyes are expressive and set fairly wide apart. They should be hazel, chestnut or dark brown in colour, depending on the coat colour. The ears are set at medium height on the skull, and are triangular.

The Spanish Water Dog is diligent, loyal, affectionate, and intelligent. They have very strong natural herding and guarding instincts, leading them to become the "self-appointed" guardians of their homes. SWDs thrive on work and play. Their athleticism and extremely hard working nature leads them to excel at any number of tasks. They can be wary with strangers, and early and continuing socialization with a variety of people and other animals is essential for a well-adjusted, social dog. Good socialization at an early age greatly helps them cohabit with small children.


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. The Spanish Water Dog was officially recognized by the AKC in 2015.

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