Description Wetterhoun

Loyal, Reserved, Quiet
‘Weather’ means ‘water’ in Frisian. The Wetterhoun is also called ‘Frisian Water Dog’. This old and rare dog breed belongs to the FCI group 8. These are retrievers, scavenger dogs and water dogs. The Wetterhoun is not an easy dog. But he is loyal and affectionate and really interesting.FCI Group: Retrievers – Search Dogs – Water Dogs

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 25-35kg
  • Life expectancy: 13 years
  • Coat Type: Medium Hair
  • Colours: black and white, brown and white, liver brown

Character Wetterhoun

The Wetterhoun reaches a shoulder height of 59 cm (male) or 55 cm (female). His physique is square. He is strongly built. Its skull is broad. The jaw is strong.

The chest is wider than deep. Therefore, the front legs are relatively far apart. Its long tail is curled. He wears it over his back. The ears are close to the head.

The eyes are slightly slanted.
The fur is striking. The hair is rather coarse and of medium length. The fur is curly. It is only smooth on the lower third of the ears and on the legs.

It looks a bit like an Persian skin. It feels slightly oily. Most often it is black and white or brown and white. But there are many more colors.
The Wetterhoun is wary of strangers.

He is friendly and reliable towards his own people. He is very willing to work. He gets bored easily. He is strongly related to his reference person. In education he needs consistency and sensitivity.

Diet Wetterhoun

When it comes to diet, the Wetterhoun is uncomplicated. If you provide him with a full feed, you are on the safe side. Make sure he always has enough water available! The Wetterhoun has a high need for exercise. It is also sometimes used to hunt muskrats.
If you load it accordingly, it needs more energy.

But don’t just give him more food. It’s not good for his stomach. It is best to feed him a special food for active dogs. After eating, the Wetterhoun should rest for an hour and only then return to work.


The Wetterhoun is a hardy dog. Therefore, he does not need much care. Of course, you should check their paws and ears regularly. You should brush the fur regularly. During the moulting period, it needs to be brushed daily.

As with all dogs, teeth need special attention. Feed your Wetterhoun chews and clean their teeth with a canine toothbrush if necessary.
The Wetterhoun needs physical and mental challenges. He likes to learn and likes it when you work with him. So he is easy to train.

But he gets bored easily.
You should spend a lot of time with him and not leave him alone for too long. Give him tasks he likes. He loves to hunt, guard, fetch and sniff. He is persistent and efficient and should get the necessary work and exercise.


The Wetterhoun already existed in the Middle Ages. At that time he was used for hunting otters and as a guard dog. He is probably related to even older water dog breeds.
The Wetterhoun therefore fetches in water and on land. Its coat is ideal for working in the water.

The Wetterhoun was also used to pull carts in the past. It was probably larger then than it is today. The Wetterhoun is a rare breed of dog. In 1950 it was almost extinct. A woman who had had a Wetterhoun as a child searched for a Wetterhoun through a newspaper ad.

A few farmers still had half-breeds. The entire current population was bred back from them.
Today there are about 800 dogs worldwide, most of them in the Netherlands. Most are house dogs or guard dogs. But there are also Wetterhouns that are used for hunting.

They hunt muskrats to keep the levees intact.
You should only get a Wetterhoun if you have enough time for this loyal companion and can deal with an active and intelligent hunting dog. Even today, the Wetterhoun is not a dog for beginners.

Wetterhoun Accessories

The Wetterhoun is undemanding when it comes to equipment. Like any dog, he needs a food bowl and a water bowl. You will need a leash and a collar or harness for him. A tow line can be useful for training.
You definitely need a good dog brush that is suitable for your Wetterhoun’s coarse, curly coat.

An address tag, a blanket and tick tweezers can also be useful. You may need a dog toothbrush.

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