Thinking about purchasing an Portuguese Water Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Portuguese Water Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Portuguese Water Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Portuguese Water Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Portuguese Water Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Portuguese Water Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Portuguese Water Dog Profile
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
Portuguese Water Dog Care:
Regular 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.
Portuguese Water Dog 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:
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