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Portuguese Water Dog Info

Portuguese Water Dog Breed Information

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Lifespan: 10-15 years Height: 17-23" Shedding: Lite Litter Size: 4-8 pups
Group: Working Weight: 35-55 lbs Hair Length: Medium Size: Medium

Breed Overview

The Portuguese Water Dog is a Medium dog breed, with a starting weight of 35 lbs that can reach 55 lbs. It is officially part of the Working group and recognized by the CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR. Some critical information for potential owners. The Portuguese Water Dog breed has a typical lifespan of 10 to 15 years, Medium hair, and have Lite shedding. Breeders interested in the Portuguese Water Dog should know that the average litter size is between 4 to 8 puppies.

Portuguese Water Dog Breed Characteristics

Group Working Drooler no
Size Medium Guard Dog no
Origin Portugal Easy to Train
Kid Friendly yes Hypoallergenic yes
Stranger Friendly somewhat Active Indoors somewhat
Apartment Friendly yes Exercise Demands no
Pet Friendly yes Yard Needs small
Intelligent Grooming Requirements weekly
Barks Dangerous no

Portuguese Water Dog Temperament

highly intelligent breed and used to be used primarily in the Portuguese fishing industry to guard boats, carry messages between boats and retrieve anything that fell overboard. This breed gets along well with children and other dogs and is highly intelligent, affectionate and loyal. Portuguese water dogs respond to tone of voice.

Health Problems

hip dysplasia and PRA

Portuguese Water Dog Coat

Portuguese Water Dog Dog Colors

Black, white and various shades of brown or black, or brown with white.

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