For an excellent description on the history and breed profile of the Portuguese Water Dog, please visit the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada at www.pwdcc.org/PWDCC/index.php/introduction.
The Portuguese Water Dog is exceptionally intelligent, has an endless amount of stamina, is brave, and spirited. He is also a devoted and loyal companion and an alert guard dog. This is not, however, the dog for everyone. His high activity level make him an excellent working dog and companion but he needs daily exercise and requires direction. He is people-oriented and does not do well in a kennel environment or left alone for long periods of time. The Portuguese Water Dog thrives on being part of a family and generally gets along well with children and other pets. Though not aggressive, he is alert and protective making him a good watchdog of home and property. (Canada’s Guide to Dogs)
Coat Type and GroomingTwo varieties of coat exist:
Companion dogs are most commonly seen wearing the "Retriever Clip."
Regular grooming is necessary for both the curly and wavy varieties of Portuguese Water Dogs. In order to prevent matting, the coat must be combed or thoroughly brushed on a weekly basis. The Portuguese Water Dog does not shed and, as the coat is hair and not fur, it continues to grow. This results in the need for frequent baths and regular clipping to maintain a healthy coat. The Portuguese Water Dog's teeth and ears should also be cleaned weekly.
HeightMales between 19.5" and 22.5" (50-57 cm) the ideal being 21.5" (54 cm)
Females between 16.5" and 20.5" (43-52 cm) the ideal being 18" (46 cm)
WeightMales between 42 and 60 pounds (19-25kg)
Females between 35 and 50 pounds (16-22kg)