In April 2011, the American Kennel Club (AKC) selected the Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc. as Parent Club for the breed as it progresses towards the Miscellaneous Class and full registration status. In addition, in October of 2011, the AKC informed the Club that breed had been designated to be in the Herding Group.
Since its inception in 2004 and its recognition by the Foundation Stock Service in 2005, the SWD Club membership has actively grown its efforts for the breed. In 2010, the UKC-affiliated Spanish Water Dog Association of America merged with the SWD Club, expanding the SWD Club's community. The Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc. extends a membership invitation to all Spanish Water Dog fanciers with the goals of forming a strong National Breed Club and improving the breed.
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