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Frisian Water Dog, Dutch Spaniel, Otterhoun


The Wetterhoun is a medium-sized dog between 55 and 59 centimeters (21.5-23 inches) at the withers. They weigh between 25 and 35 kilos (55 and 77 pounds). Their coat is thick and curly except for the head, ears and legs, where the coat is smoother; the water repellant coat is described as having a greasy feel. Coat colour may be solid black or brown, or black with white, or brown with white, with or without white ticking or roan marks. The texture of the coat should not be woolly, as such fur will not resist water. The ears are low set and hang flat to the head, and the tail curls tightly over the back. The breed has an unusual, somewhat grim expression due to the shape of the eyes, which marks it as different from other dog breeds.

This breed is an excellent gun dog, effective as both a land and water retriever, however its strong will and natural guarding abilities make early training a requirement. The breed standard describes the breed's temperament as reserved and "an ideal guard-dog". though never aggressive, which makes it an excellent family-dog. Although described as "strong willed" the Wetterhoun is never stubborn or wilfully disobedient. Perseverance is a much better term, because they finish what they started, whatever it takes. Imperturbable they finish what they think to be their task. Thereby the breed is sensitive and should never be treated or trained harshly. Brought-up and used to children, they are tolerant to children to the point where the dog should be protected against the children instead the other way around.

Size Medium
Height 21.5-23 inches (55-59 cm)
Weight 55-77 pounds (25-35 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors Black Black & White Liver Liver & White Roan
Origin Netherlands
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Wetterhoun is not recommended for apartment life. This breed will be very distressed in an apartment in a busy urban area because these dogs are not suited to such a life. They are rarely seen outside a country setting. The Wetterhoun can live outdoors in a kennel as long as it gets adequate exercise and contact with its humans. It will do well in cold climates as long as it has adequate shelter.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Wetterhoun needs lots of exercise, which includes a daily, long, brisk walk. The ideal situation for this dog is to have a large piece of land that it can run around on freely...and which it will protect vigorously. The Wetterhoun likes to swim.


Moderately Easy Training: The Wetterhoun is average when it comes to training. Results will come gradually.



Grooming Requirements

This water dog requires little grooming. Comb and brush occasionally. Check that the ears are clean and infection free.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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