The Portuguese Water Dog is a sturdy, medium-size dog. They have strong, broad
heads and heart-shaped drop ears. They weigh approximately 35 to 60 pounds, are 17
to 32 inches in height and live approximately 10 to 13 years. They come in several
colors including black, white, brown or any combination of these colors.
These energetic and athletic dogs played a major role in
the Portuguese fishing industry for many years. They
were commonly used to herd fish, retrieve lines and
deliver messages from boat to boat. As you may have
already guessed…they are excellent swimmers (they
even have webbed feet!).
The Portuguese Water Dog is very intelligent and willing
to please. They are loyal and devoted family members.
This breed is VERY active and requires daily vigorous
exercise. If you are a couch potato, this dog probably isn’t
the best choice for you! If the Portuguese Water Dog
does not get enough exercise he will quickly become
bored and possibly destructive. They are very intelligent
and are excellent students when it comes to obedience
This beautiful breed has a water proof, hypoallergenic coat that requires regular
maintenance. Daily brushings are a must in order to keep this pup’s coat tangle free
and healthy. Though known to be generally healthy animals, Portuguese Water Dogs
are prone to a few medical issues such as: cardiac problems, eye problems, hip
dysplasia, skin allergies and renal disease. The good news is if YOU have allergies
than this breed is perfect! Many people that have allergy issues choose this breed
because of their hypoallergenic coat.