Taking care of the Spanish Waterdog
Taking care of the coat
The coat of the Spanish Waterdog does not need to be brushed. The coat has a structure that easily grows in cords and hardly holds water.
The Spanish Waterdog does hardly loose hear. So there is no moulting time twice a year that other dogbreeds do have.
The undercoat and uppercoat of the Spanish Waterdog grow into each other and in this way bunches arise. These bunches have to be pulled from each other (if necessary). In this way, the cords will come easy. The coat is 'allowed' to be cut or shaved. The coat has to be shaved or cut at one length.
Because of the fact that the Spanish Waterdog doesn't loose hair and the coat grows on, the coat can be cut or shaved about once a year. At own insight, the dog can be cut or shaved more.
The first time the dog is shaved or cut is around 4 to 8 months, to loose the puppycoat.
The coat grows with ± 1cm each month. According to the breeding standard, it is not allowed to cut or shave into model, (like poodles) for aesthetical reasons. The coat of Spanish Waterdogs that go to shows or exhibitions has to have a length between 3 and 15 cm.
The dog can be shaved at all times a year, the dog will adapt to the circumstances of cold or heat within days. The only problem in summer is that the dogs that has been shaved can burn by the sun, in this case, the dog can be rub in with sunburn lotion. When the dog is shaved or cut, man has not to forget to cut the hair between the sole of the paws. In wintertime, it is advised to cut these hairs anyway, because of the snow or ice that sticks on the hairs between the paws a can hurt the soles.
Taking care of the ears
Because of the hair of the Spanish Waterdog grows on, and there is no moulting period, the hair in the ears grows on too. Because of this, hair plugs can get into the ears and filth stays in the ears. Because of these plugs with filth, the ears can get heated. These heated places are ideal places for ear mites. Spanish Waterdogs are because of this very sensitive for ear mites. To prevent this, the hair in the ears has to be removed. The vet can do this, but it can easily self be done. When the dog lies still, the hair can be pull out by hand. When a lot of plugs are in the ears, and to get the hair deeper in the ear canal, a vein forceps can be used. A vein forceps can possibly be get at your vet. With the forceps, the plug is taken, and with one tough pull, the plug can be taken out. When the hair is removed, it is advised to spray an earcleaner in the ears. Experience learns that no treatment at all also can help. When the ears are irritated, treatment is necessary anyway.
Taking care of the eyes
The eyes have to get some extra attention sometimes too. Because of the longer coat, lachrymal secretion together with filth or sand, stick to the coat near the eyecorners. When this dries up, hard plugs of filth and secretion arise. These plugs can easily be taken away with your thumb (nail) and forefinger. When doing this often, the eyes shall not give any problems
.Taking care of the teeth
In normal situations, the teeth of a dog don’t need special attention. Giving the dog a chewing bone or a rope can be enough. When this doesn't work, the dog can get special chewing bars with dentical working or the teeth can be brushed with dog a brush and maybe dogtoothpaste.
At the age of 4 months, puppies change their puppy teeth for an adult set of teeth. In this circumstance, it is wise to give the puppy something to put his or her teeth in legally.
At shows and exhibitions and by the vet, it is very handy that the dog can show his teeth without problems. Practising the showing of the teeth can best be started as soon as possible.
Put one hand on the dogs head (nose), without blocking the sight of the dog (in front of his eyes), dogs doesn't like this. With the other hand, the dogs lips can be pulled up, so the teeth can be showed.