Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog
Working Group

Portuguese Water Dog

Weight: male: 42-60, female: 35-50 lbs

Height: male: 20-23, female: 17-21 inches

Color(s): black, white, brown, or combinations of black or brown with white

Character: The Portuguese Water Dog is very intelligent, devoted, loyal, and very alert. Him being so alert, this makes him good as a watchdog. This breed is very people-oriented and should be kept as a family pet as he does not do well in kennel life. The Portuguese Water Dog can be protective of his family and territory so socialization at an early age should be performed to avoid any dominance and/or aggression issues that may occur in the future.

Temperament: The Portuguese Water Dog has is very fun loving and enjoys the company of others. He can be somewhat protective making him a great candidate for watch dogging, although he should not display any aggressive tendencies. This breed can do well around children, however can be protective and somewhat combative around other dogs so early socialization again is necessary if this dog is to live in peace with another. The Portuguese Water Dog should not be trusted around smaller and more passive animals.

Care: Regular combing and brushing this breed is necessary. This breed has a very thick and close-knit coat which can easily get tangled or matted, so daily combing should be provided. Bathe only when necessary. Brushing with a wire brush or a fine-toothed comb would work best. Checking for burrs in the coat should be performed if this dog is to have free roam in a fenced yard.

Training: This being such an intelligent breed, he does well in obedience and agility. The Portuguese Water Dog is also very lively which makes him quite stubborn at times. Trainer must be firm yet gentle, but this breed is very willing to learn. Given the proper handler and training, this breed will do wonderfully.

Activity: The Portuguese Water Dog does well in a family environment and can be very active both indoors and out. This breed does best with at least an average sized yard, but if given the proper amount of exercise, he can do well without one. Portuguese Water Dogs love to jog and would make a wonderful companion for the outdoors type.