Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a working dog breed. They are initially from Portugal and were used by fishermen to herd fish into nets and retrieve lost tackle or broken nets.
Portuguese Water Dog Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed

HEIGHT

17-23 Inches

WEIGHT

35-60 Lbs.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

10–14 years

Portuguese Water Dog Information

The Portuguese Water Dog is a working dog breed. They are initially from Portugal and were used by fishermen to herd fish into nets and retrieve lost tackle or broken nets.

These dogs are superb swimmers and have webbed feet, aiding their swimming abilities. Portuguese Water Dogs typically have a wavy or curly coat that does not shed much.

This breed is also hypoallergenic, making them a good choice for people allergic to dogs. Portuguese Water Dogs are intelligent, loyal, and make great family pets.

Exercise Needs

Portuguese Water Dogs are active dogs and need plenty of exercise. A daily walk or run is a necessity for this breed. They also enjoy swimming and playing fetch. Portuguese Water Dogs make great hiking and camping companions.

Training

Portuguese Water Dogs are intelligent dogs and training them is usually relatively easy. They respond well to positive reinforcement methods such as treats and praise. Portuguese Water Dogs can be stubborn at times, but patience and consistency will usually win out in the end.

Health Issues

Portuguese Water Dogs are generally a healthy breed. However, like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and epilepsy.

Grooming

Portuguese Water Dogs have a wavy or curly coat that does not shed much. This breed needs to be brushed regularly to prevent matting and tangles. Portuguese Water Dogs also need to be trimmed every few months to keep their coat looking their best.

Breed Identification

COLORS

Black, White, Brown, Or Combinations Of Black Or Brown With White

HAIR LENGTH

Medium

Breed Care

GROOMING

Every day

EXERCISE NEEDS

More than an hour per day

HEALTH CONDITIONS

Follicular Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Addison's Disease

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