A medium sized, rustic, athletic breed, the Spanish Water Dog originated in Spain. There they were versatile farm dogs, primarily herding sheep and goats, but also serving as hunting companions and assistants to the fishermen. Their distinctive wooly/curly non-shedding coat may form cords when long. Their coat should always be in its natural state and should never be brushed, combed, sculpted or aesthetically groomed. Their tails can be docked or a natural bobtail. They are loyal, vigilant and naturally protective, and must be well socialized. Because of their intelligence, trainability, athleticism and eagerness to please, they excel at all dog sports and performance events.