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Portuguese Water Dog

Size: Large

Weight: 35 - 60 lbs.

Height: 17" - 23"

Life Span: 10 - 14 years

Health Problems: Requires an experienced dog owner. Breed-related health problems: progressive retinal atrophy; glycogen storage disease; kidney problems; Addison's disease; cardiomyopathy; follicular dysplasia.

Origin: Portugal

Also Known As: Cao De Agua

Group: Working

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Portuguese Water Dog needs a long walk or play session each day, as well as frequent opportunities to swim.

Grooming Needs

The Portuguese Water Dog requires brushing several times per week, as well as bi-monthly trimming and grooming.


The Portuguese Water Dog loves water and is known as a devoted family dog that's especially good with children. Portuguese Water Dogs are good swimmers, highly intelligent and playful. The breed needs early socialization and obedience training. This dog will tend to bark and makes a good watchdog. This breed is a good fit for people that desire an active, affectionate, amiable companion.


The Portuguese Water Dog is most likely of Poodle heritage. It originated during the Middle Ages to help fisherman retrieve broken nets, herd schools of fish and carry messages from ship to shore.

Pet Facts

This breed comes in both a curly haired and a wavy haired version. The tail is normally shaved and features a plume on the end.

Dog Food for Your Portuguese Water Dog

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.