At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 35 - 60 lbs.

Height: 17" - 23"

Life Span: 10 - 14 years

Portuguese Water Dog

Also know as: Cao De Agua

Group: Working

Origin: Portugal

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

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

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


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