Aruba dog (Aruba country dog): characteristics of the breed, photo

This breed, not yet recognized by the FCI, is named after the locality of Aruba, which is located in the Antilles of the Netherlands.

Aruba dog

Characteristics Aruba dog

  • Country of Origin: Netherlands
  • The size: Average
  • Growth: 40-53 cm
  • The weight: 15-20 kg
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years old
  • FCI breed group: not recognized

Brief information

  • Smart;
  • obedient;
  • hardy;
  • Lovers of swimming and diving.

Origin story Aruba dog

Presumably, initially, Aruba dogs appeared without the help of kinologists, as a result of crossing local animals with those that the owners brought from the mainland. As a result, nature gave an excellent result it turned out to be a good medium-sized dog, strong, with a smooth coat, distinguished by intelligence, quick wit and health, easily trained, not aggressive, equally well performing the duties of a watchman, shepherd, guard, hunter, companion. Kinologists are working on the unification of the breed in order to receive official recognition, the first to do this was the International Progressive Union of Kinologists of America.


Smooth-coated, rectangular, slightly squat, robust dog of medium size. The ears are semi-pendulous, and the tail is stretched along the back. Color can be any, and both monophonic and spotted—brown eyes.

Character Aruba dog

Very positive animals, they learn easily and with pleasure, work honestly, and gladly accept well-deserved praise. They do not differ in either aggression or a tendency to dominate, but at the same time, they are quite independent.

Great with children and everyone in the household. They will never even allow themselves to snap at a baby who grabs them by the tail or ear they just turn around and run away to the side. They quickly realize that other domestic animals, including cats and rodents, are also members of the pride and coexist peacefully with them. Such a dog can be started even by people who do not have experience. Interestingly, Aruba dogs love to swim and dive and do it very cleverly, helping fishermen and hunters, as well as rescue services.


Fairly standard ears, claws, and eyes are processed as needed. Smooth, well-fitting short hair, as a rule, is easily self-cleaning, and the love of swimming in water helps to maintain the cleanliness of the animal on its own.

Conditions of detention Aruba dog

Natural selection genetically lays down good health. An active lifestyle supports it. Aruba country dogs are hardy and active, and natural hardening gives them the opportunity to feel comfortable both in an apartment and in a country house. Despite their short coat, they are frost-resistant and can withstand both cool water and long winter walks. But do not forget that this is a working breed, and if they are not loaded with assignments, training, and games, they will feel their uselessness, yearning, and direct energy to all sorts of Skoda.

It is still quite difficult in Russia to find an Aruba puppy, so it is better to order it in its historical homeland. Prices start from 300 euros. But don’t forget about shipping!

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