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Fresian Water Dog

Gun Dog Group

The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges.

Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.

Any departure from the following should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

History

Dutch breeders created the Fresian Water Dog about 400 years ago, probably from an older breed that was simply known as Old Water Dog. The dogs were originally used by fishermen to kill otters. When otters became less trouble for fishermen, the dogs began being used for hunting and guarding. The breed is very rare and is found almost exclusively in the Netherlands.

The Fresian Water Dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

General Appearance

A rugged, sturdy breed that is well balanced, square and covered with curly hair, except on the face, which is smooth.

Characteristics

Intelligent, stubborn and independent, the breed is friendly with its family and good with children but suspicious of strangers and makes a good guard dog.

Head

The head is dry, strong and powerful.

SKULL

The skull is slightly rounded, wider than it is long, and slopes gently into the cheeks. The skull and muzzle are of the same length, and the stop is slight.

MUZZLE

Powerful, tapering slightly from eye to nose, but not pointed. The nasal bridge is broad and straight. The lips are tight fitting.

TEETH

The Fresian Water Dog has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

NOSE

Well developed, with open nostrils, black or brown depending on the color of the coat.

EYES

Medium size, oval in shape, with tight fitting lids, the eyes are placed slightly slanting, giving the dog a somewhat grim expression. Color is dark brown for black dogs, and brown for brown dogs.

Fault: Yellow eyes.

EARS

Set rather low and carried close to the head, the ears are moderately long and shaped like a mason’s trowel. They are covered with curly hair that is rather long at the set on of the ear, gradually shortening to the tip.

Neck

Short, strong, arched and carried low. No dewlap.

Forequarters

The shoulder blade is well placed against the chest, obliquely set and well angulated.

FORELEGS

Powerful and straight, with upright pasterns.

Body

The body is very powerful. The chest is wider than it is deep, so that the forefeet are rather wide apart. The ribs are well rounded and reach well back. The back is short and straight, and the loin is strong. The croup is only slightly sloping. The underline is moderately tucked up.

Hindquarters

Powerful, and moderately angulated.

HIND LEGS

The lower thigh is not too long. The rear pasterns are short.

Feet

Round, with thick pads and well arched toes.

Tail

Long, and carried as a ring tail curled over, or beside, the croup.

Coat

With the exception of the head and legs, the body is covered with tight curls of firm hair. The coat is coarse, and has a greasy feel.

Serious Fault: Sparse or thin hair which gives the dog a wooly appearance.

Color

Solid black, solid brown, or black or brown with white markings, with or without ticking.

Height

Ideal height at the withers for males is 23 inches. For females, it is 21.5 inches.

Disqualifications

(A dog with a Disqualification must not be considered for placement in a conformation event, and must be reported to UKC.)
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Albinism.

UKC Breed Standards: Frisian Water Dog



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