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Spanish water dogs: history


Spanish water dogs - also called Perros de Agua Español - have a long history: The first records of dogs for allergy sufferers date back to 1110. There are also two-tone Spanish water dogs - Image: Shutterstock / Daz Brown Photography

As the name suggests, Spanish water dogs come from Spain. The history of the cute curly heads goes back a long way: The first references to "woolly haired water dogs" were made over 900 years ago, namely in the year 1100. Just like the Labradoodle, for example, the four-legged friends are considered dogs for allergy sufferers. Indeed, they are a non-hairy breed and therefore better suited for people with dog allergies. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of compatibility.

Spanish water dogs: old herding dogs

There are different theories about the origin of the Perros de Agua Español. One says that Spanish water dogs have their roots with the Moors in North Africa - another says that Turkish merchants are said to have imported them when exporting Merino sheep.

In the 18th century, today's dogs were used for allergy sufferers to drive cattle herds - especially in southern Spain, such as Andalusia. They were used a lot in the mountains because Spanish water dogs are very robust and active.

Water dogs: sporty four-legged friends with a special hairstyle

History of the breed

The friendly whispering dogs were also used in the fishing sector. Because they are so powerful, they were used to tow and support boats in the harbor or to catch up with the fishermen's nets. Even today, dogs for allergy sufferers are still used as working dogs, for example as rescue or search dogs. In their home country of Spain, the water dogs have been officially recognized as pedigree dogs since 1985, followed internationally by the FCI in 1999.