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Portuguese Water Dog

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #512015: #522014: #52
Name Portuguese Water Dog
Other names Portie, PWD, Water Dog, Cao De Agua
Origin Portugal
Breed Group Working (AKC:1983)Gun Dogs (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-14 years
Temperament BraveDocileImpetuousIntelligentObedientQuarrelsome
Height Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm)Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm)
Weight Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg)Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg)
Colors BlackBrownWhite
Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Price Average $2500 - $2800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsThe Portuguese Water Dog will be okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient. It can live outdoors in temperate climates, but would be much happier living close to its family and spending days in the yard.
Barking Tendencies 2 stars Occassional
Cat Friendly 4 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsThe Portuguese Water Dog requires daily mental and physical stimulation. This breed loves to swim and has a great time retrieving sticks or balls from water. It is thoroughly happy competing in agility skills trials or other dog sports. Portuguese Water Dogs are best suited to active people.
Grooming 3 starsWith his handsome and abundant coat, the grooming requirements of the Portuguese Water Dog are above average. Regular grooming is essential to keep his coat in good condition, including brushing, bathing, haircut, nail trim, and ear cleaning.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The Portuguese Water Dog’s intelligence and fondness for hard work makes training a fairly simple matter. Portuguese Water Dogs are quick to understand instructions.
Watchdog Ability 4 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Leo Izzy
03 Jax Callie
04 Jake Layla
05 Riley Ruby
06 Zeus Missie
07 Sam Roxy
08 Riley Marley
09 Oliver Layla
10 Diesel Holly
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The Portuguese water dog is a robust dog of medium build, slightly longer than it is tall. It is strong and well-muscled, able to work both in and out of the water for long periods. It has a profuse single coat, either wavy or curly. Two clips are acceptable: the lion clip, in which the muzzle and middle part, up to the tail tip, are clipped; and the retriever clip, in which the entire coat is scissored to about 1 inch in length, with the tail tip again left full length. The water dog's expression is steady, penetrating and attentive, reflecting its spirited disposition.

The Portuguese Water Dog is one of exceptional intelligence and trainability, obeying any orders given by its master with willingness and pleasure. It is obedient both to those who care for it and to those for whom it works. It has a spirited disposition, is brave and independent, and resistant to fatigue. Its expression is hard and penetrating. The breed has splendid sight and a fair scenting capability.

Curly- and wavy-haired working water dogs have been documented throughout Europe for centuries and are believed to have influenced the development of several breeds of dogs, including the Newfoundland and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The Portuguese Water Dog has a long history of use in its homeland, where it was, and still is, a vital part of the fishing industry. Prized by their owners, the dogs are primarily used to herd fish into nets. Other duties include taking messages from boat to boat and retrieving escaping fish and lost objects. In 1983 the breed was first recognized by the AKC. Some of the Portuguese Water Dog's talents are obedience, water trials, agility, therapy dog and assistance dog.