Original Name : Wetterhoun
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Wetterhoun
Male size : Ideally, 23¼ inches
Female size : Ideally, 21½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Netherlands
Frisian Water Dogs are quiet, strong-willed animals that are aloof with strangers, making them ideal guard dogs. These powerful water dogs are suited to various disciplines. They specialize in otters in marshland, but prove just as good trapping moles and other pests in gardens. As a result of their temperament, they prefer to deter rather than act.
Lean, proportionate to the body, strong and powerful.
Very strong with short, straight back, strong loins, only slightly sloping croup, broad chest viewed from the front.
Solid black or brown, or either of these colors with white markings; ticking or roan in the white is permitted.
Medium length, trowel-shaped.
Long, rolled, carried above or alongside the croup.
Save head and legs, the entire body is covered with thick curls.
Once used to hunt otters, Frisian Water Dogs are compact and powerfully built without coarseness or heaviness. Their skin does not form folds in the neck or a dewlap and the lips do not droop.Their mysterious origins have resulted in an incredible number of theories. Only the Curly Coated Retriever comes anywhere near it in terms of look and corpulence. In the Netherlands, Frisian Water Dogs were officially recognized as a breed in 1942, but it would take another 19 years before the F.C.I. extended its’ recognition. Most Frisian Water Dogs are found in their homeland, although some nowadays live in the United States and other parts of Europe.
As well as a look and behavioral characteristic all of their own, Frisian Water Dogs also have an original morphological trait. The curly hair that covers their ear is thick close to the base, gradually becoming shorter toward the bottom. Looking at the ears is an easy way to assess the dog’s purebred status.