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The Portuguese Water Dog originates from Portugal. They are excellent swimmers so were used along side the fishermen for hundreds of years. The dogs would herd & catch fish, retriever things that fell into the water and even carried messages from 1 ship to the next. The first pair of Portuguese Water Dogs was imported to the United States in 1958.
They were first recognized by the AKC in 1983 and Grouped as Sporting.

  • Country of Origin: Portugal
  • Weight: 35 - 60 lbs
  • Height: 16 - 23 inches
  • Color: The Portuguese Water Dog colors are Black, White or Brown. They can also have a solid color with patches of another color.


The Portuguese Water Dog is extremely intelligent, friendly and obedient. They make a great family dog and love their family dearly. This breed makes for a great guard & watch dog.


The Portuguese Water Dog life expectancy is between 10 – 14 years. Health Issues to watch for are:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cancer
  • Skin Allergies

Coat & Coat Care

This breed has a single-layered coat which is thick and either wavy or curly in texture.

Regular brushing of their coat is needed to keep them from getting matted.

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