The Portuguese Water Dog is an intelligent, delicate method dog that was bred to activity fishermen. They unanimously get along economically near other dogs but should be socialised when infantile for other pets. If at all possible, they stipulation abundance of exert and if there can be hose down involved, you have a satisfied dog. They are same to love children. As a reminder, ne'er quit a child unsupervised near a whelp or dog.

Approximate Adult Size

The inexact big vastness (two geezerhood old or elder) of the Portuguese Water Dog is 16 to 22 inches to the sensibility (highest spike of the body part) and 35 to 55 pounds.

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Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have constant heritable upbeat hitches connected next to that particular species and the Portuguese Water Dog is no release. Be on the picket for peelings conditions, Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic supported movability in the hip conjunct that can front to inflammatory disease strain and disability of walking) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (inherited disease of the membrane that can produce trance loss and sightlessness). This illness detail is an useful guideline single. Other diseases may too be celebrated threats, delight introduction your md for a full catalogue.

She should drop by the medico several modern times in the eldest time period for shots, relay links and bill of exchange up. Then, as an adult, she should meeting the md yearly for shots and order of payment up. As she gets older, six geezerhood and on, she should drop by the doctor doubly a yr for draft ups and shots. Remember; turn away from intake your dog sweets.

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The Portuguese Water Dog has a profuse, stout outer garment of either curly or curly hair. She should be touched regularly. Brushing will assist her keep going a swab and clean coat, abstain from mats, assist you hold on to a individual eye on her well-being and underline your turbulent enslaved beside her.

Her ears should be checked erstwhile a time period and be kept wipe up. If you have her professionally groomed, receive firm ear cleansing and inspection is segment of the collection. No h2o or supererogatory juice should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to hose down the ears. Ear cleanup is too difficult and sarcastic to teach here. Look for spike burgeoning in the ear canal, leftovers wax, or wetness. If her ears have a discharge, wicked aroma or she seems to be in hurt and you shady an infection, or tumor, enquire your vet.

Her dentition should be touched at most minuscule twofold a period near toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the load of dapple and potassium hydrogen tartrate which can origin cavities (rarely) and periodontal unwellness. Dog periodontic illness can organize to pain, loss of teeth, bad bodily function and new sensible illness.

Her toenails may stipulation to be examined for ontogenesis and clipped consistently. The toenails of the back feet grow slower than the toenails of the foremost feet.

Life Span

The Portuguese Water Dog can unfilmed between 10 and 14 years near square-toed nutrition, medical thought and consummate breathing provisos.


The Portuguese Water Dog comes from Portugal wherever they were utilised to animal group fish for fishermen. They were oldest registered by the American Kennel Association in 1983.

Some Registries

  • Portuguese Water Dog Club of America
  • UKC United Kennel Club
  • NKC National Kennel Club
  • CKC Continental Kennel Club
  • APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
  • AKC American Kennel Club
  • FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
  • KCGB Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • ANKC Australian National Kennel Club
  • ACR American Canine Registry

Litter Size

4 to 8 Portuguese Water Dog puppies


Sporting Group, Gundog

Terms To Describe

Obedient, spirit, robust, devout swimmer, fly guard, companion, loyal, brave, intelligent


  • Makes a biddable ticker dog.
  • Makes a good protector dog.
  • Little to no deciduous.
  • Slow budding outer garment.
  • Fast learners.
  • Love the water.

Other Names Known By

Cao de Agua, Sea Dog, Diving Dog, Portuguese Fishing Dog

Every dog is an individual so not everything in this facts may be correct for your dog. This info is intended as a honourable confidence guideline solely.

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