A close relative of the Spanish Water Dog, it’s a pity that Cantabrian Water Dogs are such a rare breed -- if they weren’t, they’d certainly be one of the most paw-pular dogs out there.
Cantabrian Water Dogs were bred for fishing work and guarding work, so they’re pretty social and love being close to their people. Historically, they’ve also been put to work on ships catching rats and other vermin, making them highly intelligent critters.
They’re not too bad to look at either -- take a look at those gorgeous eyes and lovely fluffy coat and tell us you don’t want to bring them home for cuddles!
All this comes at a cost, of course. Cantabrian Water Dogs need a lot of exercise, both mental and physical, and it can be hard to know how to keep them entertained. Not to worry -- we’ve listed some furrific activities to keep your pooch as happy and healthy as can be.
For a Cantabrian Water Dog, brain work is just as important as physical exercise. Why not give your pupper’s brain something to chew on by teaching them a trick that has benefits for the both of you? Teaching your pooch to identify objects by name and bring them to you is the paw-fect game for a Cantabrian -- they were bred to retrieve fish out of the water, after all!
Not only that, but it’s kind of cool to have a doggy butler. Your furry friend may not be able to make you coffee in the morning, but they can certainly bring you the newspaper or your shoes.
This will take a while for your pup to learn; the time above is an estimate for how long you’ll spend on this task per day. It could take weeks for them to get the hang of it.
Agility training is a pawesome way to combine physical exercise with mental stimulation! Whether you’re hoping your pup will compete some day or just looking for something different to do, training your Cantabrian to jump, weave around poles or crawl through tunnels is guaranteed to tucker them out.
You might think that agility training is a little more resource-intensive than other activities on this list, but it doesn’t have to be! You can construct a doggy obstacle course out of basically anything you have lying around, including tires and old pipes. As long as it’s clean and there’s no sharp edges, feel free to get creative.
As with all training, it’s best to start with a simple task and slowly build your way up. Teaching your pupper to jump is a grrr-eat place to begin. Like retrieving, this will take time, and the estimate above refers to time spent per day.
The clue is in the name -- Cantabrian Water Dogs absolutely adore swimming. They even have webbed paws to make gliding through the water easier!
As we mentioned when talking about retrieving, Cantabrian Water Dogs were bred to get large fish out of the water. If you get them to play fetch at your local dog beach or in a handy brook, they’re sure to have a whale of a time!
Of course, this activity is contingent on you have a Fido-friendly swimming area nearby. If you don’t, it might be a good idea to set up an inflatable kiddie pool in your backyard. You might not have enough space to play fetch, but they’ll still appreciate the op-paw-tunity to have a splash about.