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Spanish Water Dog Breed Summary
Intelligent, Obedient, Energetic, Calm and Gentle
The history behind these doggies is essentially a mystery to all, although some believe that they may be one of the oldest breeds on the planet, dating back to the Middle Ages and potentially even Roman times! It's thought that they were probably bred to herd sheep in their native country of Spain, however they also proved themselves to be extremely good at retrieving both on land and in the water. Additionally, many believe the breed was used to create the Poodle and potentially even the Portuguese Water Dog. In 1975, breed enthusiasts travelled through southern Spain looking for doggies part of this breed to start a breeding programme with, which led to the water dog that we see today! They were officially recognised by the Spanish Kennel Club in 1985 and didn't arrive into the UK until 1992. Because of this, they are fairly rare within the UK and anyone wanting to share a home with one of these guys will have to register their interest with a breeder.
These doggies have a fantastic sense of smell, sight and sound and because of this they make fantastic working dogs who have a true passion for the outdoors. Additionally, they are a very intelligent breed but this doesn't mean that they are the best choice for first time owners. This is because they need to be handled and trained by individuals who have experience with sporting dogs. But if handled correctly, they can be fantastically obedient and are amazing at recall commands. Additionally, they form very strong bonds with their 'hoomans' and are very calm and well-natured around the home, making them lovely family pets!