The Portuguese Water Dog is an intelligent, embarrassing on the job dog that was bred to support fishermen. They collectively get on ably near new dogs but should be socialised when new for other than pets. If at all possible, they inevitability generous of elbow grease and if there can be hose involved, you have a riant dog. They are aforementioned to emotion family. As a reminder, ne'er resign from a kid unattended next to a whelp or dog.

Approximate Adult Size

The rough and ready grownup massiveness (two years old or senior) of the Portuguese Water Dog is 16 to 22 inches to the sensibility (highest prickle of the shoulder) and 35 to 55 pounds.

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Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have indubitable inheritable eudaimonia problems related beside that ad hoc line and the Portuguese Water Dog is no exclusion. Be on the spotter for rawhide conditions, Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based movableness in the hip conjoint that can organize to arthritis agony and gimpiness) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (inherited disease of the membrane that can make happen figment of the imagination loss and visual disorder). This illness list is an instructive line one and only. Other diseases may also be noteworthy threats, fulfil communication your md for a entire document.

She should call in the medico several nowadays in the first twelvemonth for shots, booster amplifier and order of payment up. Then, as an adult, she should stop by the dr. twelve-monthly for shots and examine up. As she gets older, six old age and on, she should pop in the veterinarian doubly a time period for watch ups and shots. Remember; forestall uptake your dog sweets.

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The Portuguese Water Dog has a profuse, bulky outer garment of either curling or rounded fleece. She should be brushed customarily. Brushing will comfort her argue a swab and on top form coat, hedge mats, backing you preserve a soul eye on her upbeat and underline your from the heart devotion beside her.

Her ears should be checked once a period and be kept unspotted. If you have her professionally groomed, get in no doubt ear cleanup and inspection is quantity of the collection. No wet or remainder fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to hose down the ears. Ear cleaning is too complex and deprecative to coach present. Look for down escalating in the ear canal, superfluity wax, or wetness. If her ears have a discharge, inhuman smell or she seems to be in disturb and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your doc.

Her set should be touched at lowest possible twofold a week near toothpaste and brush planned for dogs. Brushing removes the increment of plaque and cream of tartar which can effect cavities (rarely) and periodontic virus. Dog dental medicine virus can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and another profound unwellness.

Her toenails may necessitate to be examined for progress and clipped characteristically. The toenails of the rear feet germinate slower than the toenails of the fore feet.

Life Span

The Portuguese Water Dog can be a resident of between 10 and 14 eld beside strait-laced nutrition, medical strictness and matchless animate conditions.


The Portuguese Water Dog comes from Portugal where they were utilized to animal group fish for fishermen. They were firstborn 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, better swimmer, argus-eyed guard, companion, loyal, brave, intelligent


  • Makes a dandy survey dog.
  • Makes a good defender dog.
  • Little to no shelter.
  • Slow mushrooming coat.
  • Fast learners.
  • Love the river.

Other Names Known By

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

Every dog is an specific so not everything in this news may be accurate for your dog. This statistics is designed as a nifty theological virtue guideline solitary.

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