The Spanish water dog (SWD) has been a working breed in rural areas of Spain for at least 1000 years, where it is used to herd and protect sheep, guard property, aid fishermen and hunt and retrieve on land and in water.
It is a rustic, active and intelligent dog, with a strong head, triangular ears, well-muscled body and limbs and a woolly curled coat that forms cords. Affectionate, cheerful and loyal to its owners, it has strong herding and guarding instincts and requires early and continuing socialisation to become a well-balanced companion in the home. With the correct training and exercise it is considered good with children.
In the UK the SWD is classified as a minor spaniel breed and can be used for rough shooting, wildfowling and beating or picking up at shoots. This dog needs a job to do and can excel in many disciplines, including canine sports and search and rescue.