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Portuguese Water Dog Breed Info

The Portuguese Water Dog is a fun-loving, energetic, and adventure-oriented pup. Brave, loyal, playful, and highly affectionate, the Portuguese Water dogs make a wonderful addition to any family looking for a lovable companion pet. These fluffy pups enjoy going to the beach for a swim, hiking through mountain trails, playing with fellow fur-babies at the dog park, and participating in all family activities. They are great at dog sports, very loving of their pet parents, and fantastic with children of all ages. The Portuguese Water Dogs are also highly intelligent, easy to train, and eager-to-please. A very rare and highly sought-after breed, the Portuguese Water Dog is one of dogdom’s crown jewels.

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Sweet, Loyal, Joyful, Outgoing ADULT WEIGHT 30-60 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 15-20 in LIFE SPAN 12-14 yrs

Portuguese Water Dog Characteristics

  • The Portuguese Water Dog is also known as Portie, PWD, and Cao de Agua (dog of water)
  • Hypoallergenic with minimal to no shedding, the Portuguese Water Dog is an excellent fit for allergy sufferers
  • The Portuguese Water Dog is comfortable in both hot and cold weather
  • Brilliant, attentive, and obedient, the Portuguese Water Dog can be trained as a guide dog, assistance dog, and therapy dog
  • The Portie is a highly adaptable breed. They are quick to adapt to apartments as well as large homes
  • Easy to train, to groom, and a sweet joy to have around, the Portuguese Water Dog can fit wonderfully with families, singles, couples, active seniors, and first-time pet owners
  • Calm, playful, and non-aggressive, the Portie is magnificent with children
  • The Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) is fun, adventurous, and a wonderful travel companion
  • Sociable, outgoing, and approachable, The Portuguese Water Dog gets along great with other dogs, household pets, and strangers  
  • The Portuguese Water Dog is brave, alert, and a very efficient alarm dog 

Portuguese Water Dog Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising an Portuguese Water Dog puppy properly. Only the nation's best Portuguese Water Dog breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential.

The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We directly take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Portuguese Water Dog breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Portuguese Water Dog Appearance

The Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) is a medium-sized, robust, and strong dog. With a muscular yet friendly appearance, a proud demeanor, and a joyful disposition, the Portie appears playful, confident, and athletic. These adorable-looking dogs have waterproof coats, webbed paws, dark eyes, and long tails. Their coats are non-shedding and hypoallergenic; they can be either curly or wavy, and they generally come in combinations of white, black, and brown, with various patterns and markings. Many Portuguese Water Dog owners prefer their lovely dogs in either a Lion Clip or a Retriever Clip – both equally famous clips for Porties. A full-grown Portuguese Water Dog stands at 15 to 20 inches tall and weighs between 25 to 50 pounds for a female PWD and 30 to 60 pounds for a male PWD. 

Portuguese Water Dog Temperament

The Portuguese Water Dog is one of the sweetest and most loyal and fun companion pets around. Although they are energetic and playful, these dogs love to be around their humans and be involved in every family activity from lazing and cuddling on the couch to swimming endless nautical miles. Porties love outdoor adventures. They are very fond of hiking, boating, trekking, jogging, and visiting new places.  Children and Porties make wonderful playmates. They share in their love for mischief, adventures, and fun. These dogs can be exceptional babysitters and comical entertainers for children of all ages as they are outgoing, playful, and cheerful. Portuguese Water Dog puppies are sweet, funny, and a bit wild. They love to test boundaries, chew, and play until their batteries run out. These puppies are lovable, easy to train, affectionate, and very clever. They like to impress with their fast-learning skills, eagerness to please, and brilliant obedience.  

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Portuguese Water Dog vs Mini Portidoodle Comparison

The Portuguese Water Dog and the Mini Portidoodle are two very rare and highly sought-after breeds. These two wonderful breeds are known for their brilliant minds, affectionate nature, and fun personalities. If you find yourself wanting to choose between the Portuguese Water Dog and the Mini Portidoodle, read on to learn about what qualities they share and some of their differences. 

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Portuguese Water Dog History

A breed many centuries old, the Portuguese Water Dog originates from the Algarve region of Portugal. These resilient dogs were the shipmates of fishermen who sailed from the Coast of Portugal to Iceland in search of Cod. Proving to be hardy, tireless, and exceptional swimmers, the Portuguese Water Dogs were trained to chase and lure fish into nets, pass along messages between fishing boats, and retrieve fallen fishing equipment from the water. By all accounts, the Portuguese Water Dogs were just as much fisher dogs as their fishermen counterparts. With their waterproof coats and webbed paws, the remarkable Porties could dive comfortably in the warm waters of the Portugal Coast as well as in the icy cold waters of Iceland.  

When fishing vessels and equipment became modernized, the Portuguese Water Dogs retired from their long years of fishing and moved on to build their career in sporting competitions, show rings, and service work. A breed of remarkable intelligence, the Portuguese Water dog impressed with great learning skills once again and soon found favor among high society families as well as common folk. A most adored companion pet in Europe and the United States, the Portie is one of the rarest and most sought-after breeds today.

In 1972 the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America was founded in their name, and in 1984 they became a recognized breed with the American Kennel Club.