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Perro de Agua Espanol – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 30 to 49 pounds
Height: 16 to 20 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Perro de Agua Espanol, Dog Breed Guide


Perro de Agua Espanol is famous for having its entire body covered in thick curly-coat that has a wool-like texture.

Official Name

Perro de Agua Espanol
This Spanish dog breed is also called as the Perro de Agua, Perro Turco, Laneto, Perro de Lanas, Perro Patero, Perro Rizado, Churro and the Barbeta.


Date – Believed to be an ancient breed
Country – Spain
Family / Group – Gun Dogs, Sporting, Herding, Retrievers

Recognized By:
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
United Kennel Club
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program
Spanish Water Dog Association of America’s
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


Perro de Agua Espanol is Spain’s versatile working that can herd livestock as well as perform water retrieval tasks. This old variety of Barbet’s originated in the Southern province of Spain and was used by Spanish sheep herders to tend to their sheep and goat stocks. This curly-coated dog breed has been around for several centuries but was only recognized as a breed in the 1970’s.


Perro de Agua Espanol are hard working dogs known to display obedience and faithfulness to their masters. They are natural water dogs that would enjoy water activities and will display its fun loving and lively nature even when working.

Bred For

Perro de Agua Espanolss were developed to be versatile water dogs that can work as water retrievers as well as sheep herders.


A well exercised Perro de Agua Espanol can adapt to every living and weather conditions.


The grooming requirements of Perro de Agua Espanols depends highly if they are going to be field type lines or show types. Field type lines require average grooming attention and should be trimmed to avoid interference during work. The Show types should be aesthetically groomed. They are dogs that do not shed hair.


Perro de Agua Espanols are versatile dogs with high intelligence and are hard working making them easy to train.


Medical problems such as various eye problems and hip dysplasia are the most common recorded health issues that the Perro de Agua Espanol are prone to have.


The Perro de Agua Espanol breed requires plenty of exercise. These dogs should be taken for walks every day.