USD $500-$700 Price Avg.

Gun Dog



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Gun Dog
Popularity/Rank 222
Origin Netherlands
Other Names Dutch Spaniel, Frisian Water Dog, Otterhoun
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$700
How much does it cost to buy a Wetterhoun?
Wetterhoun are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $500 to $700 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Wetterhouns can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Medium
Weight 55-77 pounds (25-35 kg)
Height 21.5-23 inches (55-59 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Purpose Hunting dog, Guard dog
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Gypsy Dogs, Spitz-type Dogs, Water Spaniels

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Coarse, Curly, Smooth, Thick
Coat Colors Black, Liver, Roan, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Pied
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Curly
Recommended Brushes Comb, Dematter, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Peaceful, Quiet, Reserved, Stubborn
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Yes
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Wetterhoun have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 3-7 puppies (Once a year.)


The Wetterhoun is a medium-sized, Dutch dog breed that is known for its unique appearance and friendly personality. This breed has a long history in the Netherlands, where it was originally bred as a hunting dog. The Wetterhoun is an intelligent and loyal companion that makes an excellent pet for families with children or other pets.

Appearance: The Wetterhoun has a distinctive look with its long, wavy coat and pointed ears. Its coat can be black, brown, or white in color and may have patches of gray or tan. The eyes are usually dark brown and the muzzle is short and pointed. The tail is usually docked to about half its original length.

Lifespan, Size, Weight: The average lifespan of the Wetterhoun is between 12-14 years when properly cared for. They typically weigh between 25-35 pounds when fully grown and stand at around 16-20 inches tall at the shoulder.

Colors: As mentioned above, the Wetterhoun comes in three main colors – black, brown, or white – but may also have patches of gray or tan on their coats as well as some lighter shades of these colors on their faces and legs.

Personality: The Wetterhoun has a friendly personality that makes them great companions for families with children or other pets. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners and learn new things quickly. They are also loyal to their family members but can be wary of strangers if not properly socialized from an early age.

Friendliness: When it comes to other animals such as cats or small animals like rabbits or guinea pigs, the Wetterhoun can be quite friendly if they’ve been raised around them from puppyhood onwards; however they may still need some supervision when interacting with these animals due to their strong prey drive which could lead them to chase after smaller creatures if given the chance! With other dogs they tend to get along well provided they’ve been socialized properly from an early age; however they may become territorial if not given enough exercise so it’s important to ensure your pet gets plenty of physical activity each day! As far as children go this breed tends to do very well with them provided they’re taught how to interact appropriately from an early age; however due to their size it’s important not leave young kids alone unsupervised with this breed just in case any accidents occur!

Temperament: Generally speaking this breed has a calm temperament which makes them great family pets; however they do require plenty of mental stimulation throughout the day so make sure you provide your pet with lots of interactive toys such as puzzle feeders etc., otherwise boredom could set in leading your pet into destructive behaviors such as chewing furniture etc.,

Health: In terms of health issues this breed tends not suffer too many major problems although there have been reports of hip dysplasia occurring occasionally so regular checkups at your vet should help catch any potential issues before they become serious problems! Other than that this breed tends not suffer too many major health issues making them relatively low maintenance when it comes looking after your pet's wellbeing!

Adaptability Level & Benefits Of Having A Pet : This breed does quite well living both indoors & outdoors although due to its size you should always ensure there’s plenty space available inside your home for your pet just in case bad weather occurs outside! In terms of adaptability level this breed does quite well living both indoors & outdoors although due to its size you should always ensure there’s plenty space available inside your home for your pet just in case bad weather occurs outside! As far as benefits go having one these breeds around will bring lots joy into any household thanks their friendly personalities & intelligence levels which make training relatively easy compared some other breeds out there!


The Wetterhoun is a Dutch breed of dog, originating in the province of Friesland. The breed was once common in the Netherlands, but it became extinct there in the early twentieth century. It was revived in the late twentieth century, and is now recognised by the Dutch Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

The Wetterhoun is a small to medium-sized dog, typically weighing between 20 and 30 pounds. The coat is black or brown with white markings, and the hair is short and dense. The head is large and round, with a long muzzle. The eyes are dark brown and almond-shaped. The ears are triangular and droop down towards the cheeks.

The Wetterhoun's ancestors are thought to include the Otterhound, as well as other hound breeds. The breed was first mentioned in print in 1814, but it did not become popular until the late nineteenth century. At that time, the Wetterhoun was used for hunting otters and other small game in the wetlands of Friesland.

The Wetterhoun nearly became extinct in the early twentieth century, due to a combination of factors including World War I, disease, and a decline in popularity of hunting. In an effort to save the breed, a few dedicated fanciers began breeding Wetterhounds in secret. By the 1970s, there were enough dogs to start a formal breeding program.

Today, the Wetterhoun is still used for hunting small game such as rabbits and foxes. However, they are also popular companion dogs thanks to their friendly dispositions and loyalty. They are intelligent dogs that are easy to train, making them good candidates for obedience or agility trials.