At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 33 - 44lbs.

Height: 21" - 23"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years


Also know as: Dutch Spaniel, Otterhound, Frisian Water Dog

Group: Hound

Origin: Holland

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: Descended from Old Water Dogs which are now extinct. The breed was established about 400 years ago in Holland. These dogs were used to hunt and kill otters and other game, and to guard farms.

Temperament / Behavior
This breed is fearless, brave, intelligent, and independent. The Wetterhound may refuse commands. This dog is not recommended for beginners; early and consistent training is needed. This breed tends to be good-natured with its family.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Wetterhound needs a great amount of exercise and a country home. This dog prefers to be the only pet in your home.

Grooming: The Wetterhound has a coarse, thick oily coat that needs little grooming. Do not bathe unless necessary.


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