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Frisian Water Dog

The curly hair that covers their ears 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 pure-bred status.

About the Frisian Water Dog

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 specialise 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. Most Frisian Water Dogs are found in their homeland, although some nowadays live in the United States and other parts of Europe.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

The Netherlands
FCI Group 8
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Alert / Confident / Friendly / Independent / Intelligent / Loyal / Quiet / Even-tempered / Resilient

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Needs an experienced owner

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