Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 10-14 years
Weight: Male: 18.5-22.5, Female: 14-18.5
Height: Male: 17-19, Female: 15-18
Origin of Name: The Spanish Water Dog breed is used in Spain as a general purpose sheepdog and guard.
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The versatile Spanish water dog has been a fixture of the lakes and grasslands of the Iberian Peninsula for so long that we are not quite sure how it got there. One theory suggests that it was brought from North Africa by the Moors who once occupied Spain. Another believes that the breed was introduced into Spain by Turkish merchants, hence its old surname "Turkish Dog". The Spanish Water Dog has always been a dual-purpose breed, used as both waterfowl and herd.