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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: Sporting

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.

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