Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Spanish Waterdog

(Perro de Agua Español)

Spanish Water Dog


ORIGIN

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FCI
Spain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
03.09.1999.
KC
September 2007

UTILISATION

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FCI
Used as shepherd dog, hunting dog and assistant to the fisherman.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 3Water Dogs
Without working trial

KC
Gundog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The presence of this dog in the Iberian Peninsula is most ancient. His origin is the same like that of the old « Barbet ». His most dense population is in Andalusia where he is used as a shepherd dog, and where he has been known for centuries as the « Turkish dog ». His characteristics, most particularly the quality of his coat, are adapted to the variation of humidity and drought of the marshy regions, which qualifies him as a shepherd dog and as a helper to the hunters of waterfowl and fishermen in those regions.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Rustic dog, well proportioned (medium weight), dolichocephalic, of rather elongated harmonious shape and attractive appearance, of an athletic nature with well developed muscles owing to his regular exercise; the profile is rectilinear; his sight, hearing and scent are well developed.
KC
Robust, medium sized, well muscled due to constant activity. Distinctive coat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

Length of body / size (height at withers) = 9 / 8.
Depth of chest / size (height at withers) = 4 / 8.
Length of muzzle / length of skull = 2 / 3.
KC
A herding, hunting and fishing dog with well developed sense of smell, sight and sound. Has great learning capability and adapts to almost all situations.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Faithful, obedient, gay, hard working, watchful and well balanced. Learning ability is outstanding owing to his extraordinary mental grasp; he adapts to all situations and conditions.
KC
Faithful, obedient, brave, good tempered and gay.

HEAD

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FCI
Strong, carried with elegance.
KC
Strong and elegant with parallel planes of skull and muzzle. Flat skull, slight stop. Occiput not prominent. Length from eye to back of skull slightly longer than from tip of nose to eye (3:2). Nose should have well open nostrils. Pigmentation of the same colour, or darker than, the coat. Corners of lips well defined.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat with only slightly marked occipital crest. Axes of skull and muzzle parallel.

Stop

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Facial-cranial depression gentle, only slightly marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Profile is rectilinear.

Nose

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Nostrils well defined. Nose is of the same colour or slightly darker than the darkest tone of the coat.

Muzzle

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KC
Strong jaw with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw, with full dentition.

Lips

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FCI
Well fitting; labial corners well defined.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Well formed, white, with well developed canines.

Eyes

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FCI
Slightly oblique position, very expressive; of a hazel to chestnut colour, should harmonize with the colour of the coat. The conjunctiva is not apparent.
KC
Medium-sized, oval shaped, neither prominent nor sunken. Very expressive. Set slightly oblique and well apart. Hazel or dark brown, depending on coat colour. Haws not visible.

Ears

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FCI
Set at medium height, triangular and drooping.
KC
Dropped, v-shaped, slightly rounded at tip; medium sized, set slightly above level of eye.

NECK

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FCI
Short, well muscled, without dewlap, well set into the shoulders.
KC
Short, muscular and without dewlap. Set well into the shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Robust.
KC
Level back; withers very slightly higher than level of back. Chest deep with well sprung ribs. Brisket reaching to elbows and providing important heart and lung room. Height to elbow about half height at withers. Slightly longer in body (measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock) than from withers to ground (9:8).

Topline

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Straight.

Withers

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Hardly marked.

Back

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Straight and powerful.

Croup

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Slightly sloping.

Chest

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Broad and well let down - ribs well arched; diameter of thorax ample indicating considerable respiratory capacity.

Underline and belly

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Belly slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Set at medium height. Docking must be done at the height of the 2nd to the 4th caudal vertebra.
Certain subjects show a congenital shortened tail (brachyouria).
KC
Previously customarily docked or natural bobtail. Docked: Medium set. When attentive, decidely raised, preferably never carried above level of back. Undocked: Medium set, tapering towards the end. When extended, barely reaching the hock. At rest, carried scimitar-like. When attentive, decidely raised, preferably never carried above level of back. Never curled.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and vertical.
KC
Good angulation of shoulder and upper arm. Well muscled. Elbows set close to body. Legs straight and parallel. Strong but not heavy bone.

Shoulder

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Well muscled and oblique.

Upper Arm

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Sturdy.

Elbow

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Close to the chest and parallel.

Forearm

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Straight and sturdy.

Carpus (wrist)

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Straight, rather short.

FEET

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KC
Round, tight. Toenails may vary in colour. Strong pads.

Forefeet

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Rounded, toes tight, nails of varied colours; resistant pads.

Hind feet

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As the forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Perfectly vertical with not too pronounced angulations and muscles capable of transmitting to the body a very energetic impulsion and the spring necessary for easy and elegant jumping.
KC
Moderately angled. Thighs large and well muscled. Second thighs well developed. Hocks well let down.

Thigh

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Long and well muscled.

Lower thigh

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Well developed.

Hock joint

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Well let down.

Hock

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Short, lean and perpendicular to the ground.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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The preferred gait is the trot.
KC
Brisk, sound and athletic, with powerful drive.

SKIN

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Supple, fine and well adhering to the body. Can be pigmented brown or black, or be without pigment according to the colour of the coat. The same applies to the mucous membranes.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI

Always curly and of a woolly texture. Curly when short, can form cords when long. Clipped subjects are admitted; the clipping, always complete and even, must never become an « aesthetic » grooming.
The recommanded maximum length of the hair for shows is 12 cm (15 cm extending the curl) and the minimum is 3 cm to see the quality of the curl.
The puppies always are born with curly hair.
KC
Always curled of a consistently woolly texture, forming cords when long. May be clipped overall but no aesthetic clip allowed (i.e. coat should be the same length all over).

COLOUR

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FCI

  • Solid White, black and chestnut in their different shades.
  • Bicoloured White and black or white and brown in their different shades.
Tricoloured subjects, and black and tan as well as hazelnut and tan dogs are not admitted.
KC
Solid black, brown or white of various shades; black and white or brown and white (particolour) but never tricoloured.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs 44-50 cms (17½-19½ ins); bitches 40-46 cms (15½-18 ins). Weight dogs 18-22 kgs (40-48lbs); bitches 14-18 kgs (31-40 lbs).

Height at withers

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Males 44 to 50 cm, females 40 to 46 cm.
2 cm maximum deviation are admitted in both sexes whenever the subject maintains balance according to his height at withers.

Weight

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Males 18 - 22 kg, females 14 - 18 kg.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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  • Dorso-lumbar region distinctly saddle-backed.
  • Limbs incorrect.
  • Belly let down or excessively tucked up.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Inferior or superior prognathism.
  • Presence of dewclaws.
  • Smooth or wavy coat.
  • Albinism.
  • Spotty or flecked coat, black and tan or chestnut and tan coat.
  • Lack of balance in character.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.