- Origin: The Netherlands
- Group: Hunting
- Weight: 25 – 35 kg
- Height: 55 – 60 cm
- Colors: black, cream, white, black and white, liver
- Training: smart, easy to train
- Care: it needs movement
- Temperament: silent, stubborn, intelligent, courageous, curious
- Health: generally healthy
- Puppies: 3 to 7
- Average age: 12 to 13 years
Wetterhoun is a Dutch native breed. It was developed by breeders in the province of Friesland at least 400 years ago. Now the race is rarely found outside the Netherlands.
It can also be found under the names Frisian Water Dog or Dutch Spaniel.
Wetterhoun is not a pretentious dog but may have some allergies to certain foods that appear on the skin.
For him to be healthy, his diet must contain all the nutritional elements he needs.
Whether you are giving it cooked food or packaged food, it is good to split the portions into 2-3 meals. Beware of the amount of food because it can tend to obesity.
Besides food, the dog needs fresh water at his discretion to be able to serve when he is thirsty.
It is a medium-sized, solid dog without being heavy. It has a strong head, proportional to the body, the skull is slightly bulging, more wide than long, strong nose, straight nose, black or brown.
The eyes are of medium size, oval, slightly oblique, light brown. Medium-length ears are lengthened, left near the head with long hair and curled at the base, and short to the tip of the ear. The tail is spirally curved, bent over the thigh.
The coat is made of creamy, oily, often thick hair. The hair is short and smooth on the head. It can be full black, brown, black with white, brown with white and tricolor.
He is an intelligent, courageous, curious dog, wants to know and to see everything, sensitive, vigilant, friendly to the acquaintances, somewhat independent.
He is obedient and devoted to the master, loving and patient with the children if he does not cough him, vigilant and cautious with strangers. Accept other dogs and other animals in the household.
Dogs of this breed need a lot of physical activity. The ideal situation for these dogs is to provide a large area in which they can run free, which they will powerfully defend and cleanse from pests.
They do not have the tendency to leave this area because this dog breed does not have the instinct to run around.
Dogs of this breed are indicated for beginners. They are intelligent and quick-learn dogs, but they are independent enough to deny your orders.
A consistent but friendly approach is absolutely essential. Depending on each dog, a corrective action may be appropriate.
This dog is resistant to weathering and feels best outdoors in an enclosed courtyard where it can move freely and will play it with pleasure.
It gets harder in an apartment. It’s a dog who likes to have occupation, move, run, swim.
Wetterhoun is known as a healthy dog who does not suffer from health problems.
But as with any dog in time, the following diseases may occur: hip dysplasia, knee dislocation (knee dislocation), progressive atrophy of the retina, skin allergies, digestive problems.