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Description: The Portuguese Water Dog is a seafaring breed and was prized by fishermen in Portugal for being spirited, yet obedient in nature. A web-footed dog, they are a swimmer and diver of exceptional ability. They fit well into many types of lifestyles, they are usually a quiet dog who only barks when they are on watchdog duty. They have been said to "climb up and down an octave" when they bark, expressing the range of vocal tones used. Distinctly a water dog, they love the water and will courageously jump in to do whatever task is presented. They are self-willed, but obedient to their owners. Portuguese Water Dogs are intelligent, energetic dogs. They have great stamina and love fun, family and life! Portuguese Water Dogs are sensitive to commands, and should not require extensive training. They respond well to direction, although they may be stubborn to children or strangers. They are rather aloof and apprehensive around strangers, and are certainly willing to be a watchdog and a guard dog if needed. This breed is a medium sized dog, with black, white, brown or a combination of a solid with patches of color. They can have shorter, thick curls, or a shiny, wavy and loosely curled coat of medium length. They have a nose that matches the rest of the body color, and dark eyes that are often hidden behind a curtain of fur. Not only is their fur soft, but it is known to be more tolerable to people with allergies. Spunky and affable, the Portuguese Water Dog is talented in more ways than one.
Other Names: Cao de Agua, Portuguese Fishing Dog, Cao de Agua de Pelo Ondulado (longhaired type), Cao de Agua de Pelo Encaradolado (curly-coated type).
Type: Gun Dog
19.5 - 23 inches; Females: 16 - 21 inches.
black, white, or various shades of brown. They can be a solid color with patches
of a different color on the body. It is often on the chest.
Water Dogs are obedient and friendly. They are intelligent, follow direction
easy and are most of the time obedient to their masters. They can be stubborn
and independent when it comes to anyone else, even the owner's children. They
are biddable, devoted to family, and has great endurance and courage. They are
energetic and fun-loving, sensitive, and they absolutely love the water. They
get along well with other pets and children, and can be either a companion or
a retriever, or both. They are apprehensive around strangers, and make excellent
guard dogs and watch dogs.
Watch-dog: Very High. They
are highly aware of their surroundings and will bark only to make known something
brushing and combing of their coat. Weekly cleaning of their ears, especially
after swimming. Teeth and nails should be checked periodically. Portuguese Water
Dogs need ample exercise which should consist of free exercise, daily walks
or swimming. Owners warn that this breed is very likely to become obese if not
exercised properly on a regular basis.
Health Issues: PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), glycogen storage disease, Addison's disease, cancer, cardiac problems, gastrointestinal disease, renal problems, hip dysplasia and skin allergies.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Portuguese Water Dog
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