Breeds of dogs: Dutch Spaniel

Breeds of dogs: Dutch Spaniel

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Holland.
F.C.I classification: Group 8 - retrieving dogs, hunting dogs, water dogs.

The origin of the Dutch Spaniel (Wetterhoun) is not well known; it is assumed to be an indigenous Dutch breed. Certainly its origins have been lost over the centuries. We only know that it was originally selected for otter hunting. Breed almost completely unknown outside of Holland and Belgium.

General aspect

Medium sized dog, well proportioned with a very solid constitution. It is neither heavy nor coarse. One of the characteristics of the breed is the particular coloring and the consistency of the hair.


Originally selected for otter hunting, the breed is now suitable for all types of hunting. His specialization, however, remains hunting in the swamp. It is used not only for hunting, but also for defense and guarding. Very gritty and energetic dog. Brave and reckless. It is a breed that must be well trained before being hunted. Dog also suitable for being in the family, but proves very reserved towards strangers.

Female with Dutch Spaniel puppies (photo

Dutch Spaniel (photo

Dutch Spaniel (photo


- males 59 cm at the withers;
- females 55 cm at the withers.

Trunk: its body is collected and inscribed in a square.
Head and muzzle: slightly rounded skull, which gives the impression of being wider than long. Skull-to-muzzle ratio of 1: 1. Progressive and not very marked stop.
Truffle: black in color.
Teeth: complete and correct teeth.
Neck: well erect and very robust.
Eyes: they are medium in size, oval, arranged slightly oblique, which gives them a slightly fierce expression.
Ears: with rather low attachment; with a not too developed pavilion, so that the ear touches the head without twisting.
Limbs: robust and perfectly straight. Excellent musculature.
Tail: long and curled on the rump. It can also be carried alongside the rump.
Hair: consisting of thick curls formed by firm and thick hair, with the exception of the head and limbs. The hair on the body is rather coarse and fat to the touch.
Allowed colors: single color black or brown, or black or brown with white spots. Mixed hair and white spots are allowed.
Most common defects: coat coloring not allowed by the standard, oversize measurements, weak back, dentition defects, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, limbs not sufficient, insufficient muscle mass, auricle too large, tail badly worn, incorrect gait, hair not curly, ears badly worn , bad temper, shyness.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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