Portuguese Water Dog Information

Portuguese Water DogOriginating on the Portuguese coast, this breed loves, loves, loves to swim, as his name implies. In fact, he could swim all day if you let him. Luckily for him, his coat coat is waterproof. His fur can be wavy or curly and black, liver or white in color.

Another plus of owning a Portuguese Water Dog: He is happy all of the time. His energetic, affectionate and lively personality brightens up any household. He’s great with kids, gets along with other pets and is easy to train. What more could you ask for?

Portuguese Water Dog History

Portuguese Water Dogs have been used by Fisherman in Portugal for many years. The earliest accounts of the breed come from a monk’s account of the dog saving a sailor in 1297. Breeds such as the Poodle, Kerry Blue Terrier and the Water Spaniel may all have the water dog as a shared ancestor.

Portuguese Water Dog Training & Temperament

Portuguese Water Dogs are intelligent and highly trainable. They require a lot of attention and focus, but hare happy to please. They are very enthusiastic and you may need to watch their energy level around children.

This breed also makes a good therapy dog and excels as a hearing dog or mobility dog. They bond strongly to their owners and stick by them.

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Portuguese Water Dog Exercise

They are an active breed that requires exercise every day. They enjoy long walks and play sessions as well as canine sports. They love water and water sports and activities are a great way to train and exercise them.

Portuguese Water Dog Grooming

The Portuguese Water Dog has a dense curly or wavy coat. It is hypoallergenic but does require maintenance. They require clipping, typically a lion clip or a retriever clip (even overall). They also need the occasional bath to keep them clean.

Portuguese Water Dog Health

The breed is generally a healthy one. Just like any dog they need their ears checked and cleaned as well as their teeth brushed.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Water_Dog, https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/portuguese-water-dog/

Breed Stats

Average Size

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 11in     Weight: 35-60lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years


  • Affection
  • Children
  • Strangers
  • Other Dogs
  • Barking


  • Grooming
  • Shedding
  • Easy to Train
  • Time Alone
  • Exercise Need


  • Apartments
  • Cold Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breeds stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

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