Origin of the Frisian Water Dog

As early as the Middle Ages, the Dutch dog breed was used as a guard dog, farm dog, or hunting dog. At that time it had been used especially for hunting otters.

Around 1950 the breed was almost extinct until a Friesian woman started breeding them and thus ensured the survival of the breed. Most of the Wetterhouns are in the Netherlands.

Fact: The Wetterhoun breed is hardly known outside of the Netherlands. Only in a few other European countries are there people with Wetterhouns.

In 1989, the FCI officially recognized the Wetterhoun as a dog breed. He belongs to the group of retrievers, search dogs, and water dogs.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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