Get to know the Frisian Water Dog
All you need to know about the breed
The Frisian Water Dog’s thick and coarse curly coat is the breed’s most distinctive feature – a robust water-resistant jacket that was just the thing for this dog’s original purpose: splashing in and out of freezing water in search of prey such as water fowl and otters. If the modern-day Frisian Water Dog (thankfully) now enjoys much more gentle pursuits, this breed has kept all its stamina, hardiness and courage as well as its technical all-weather gear – thick and curly all over except on the head and legs.
Frisian Water Dogs, which take their name from the Netherlands province where they originate, are friendly with their humans but can be aloof with strangers, making them ideally suited to the role of guard dog. Once trained, they get on well with children, although like any other breed they should not be left unsupervised with them. Frisian Water Dogs are intelligent, making them quick learners. But nobody, and no dog is perfect and they can have a stubborn streak, meaning calm and patient training will be necessary.
While they remain pretty rare outside their homeland of the Netherlands, this is a shame: for experienced dog owners who will know how to handle them, alert and independent-minded Frisian Water Dogs make great, loyal and affectionate companions.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Frisian Water Dog
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