Portuguese Water Dog overview- Owner Should Know

Portuguese Water Dog Overview

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog Information

NamePortuguese Water Dog
Other NamePWD, Water Dog, Portie, Cao de Agua Portugues
Build TypeMedium
Life Cycle12-15 years
GroupWorking and Gun Dogs
CharacterDaring, curious, intelligent, Alert, Impetuous, Obedient, Friendly
HeightMale: 20-24 inches
Female: 18-22 inches
WeightMale: 38-65 pounds
Female: 36-58 pounds
ColorBlack, Brown, White, combinations of Black, Brown & White
Average price2600 US$


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This breed is an energetic athlete, robust, alert and responsible swimming dog, Portuguese Water Dog being used as fishermen assistant, water sports, search and rescue at sea, retrieving nets and other objects from the water, sometimes for communication with other boats at sea. Typical trusted companion in water, Portuguese are obedient guards on coasts and at fields in equal. Loyal to its master, concerns with security of family too. The dog can rightly be said a versatile sea rider.

The Portuguese Water Dog is sturdy, strong muscled and powerful dog with medium build. The projection is rectangle being a little longer in length than in height. The dog is active with greater stamina, making it able to work for prolonged during on ground as well as in waters. The single and long coat of the dog is rough with curly or wiry coat. The clipping of the coat is necessary especially on muzzle and hindquarters. The coat is prone to hypoallergenic; preferably it should be clipped all around leaving only one inch to body following the outline of the dog. The dog appears to be a heedful, firm and perceptive with high spirits. The expression of the dog is lively and penetrating.

As the name suggests, the Portuguese Water Dog is originally from Portugal. The dog is locally called “Cao de Agua”, which means “dog of water”, in Portugal. The breed is derived from working dogs of Iberian Peninsula. The dog is extremely good swimmer and had been working with local fishermen for many hundred years. The dog was used to retrieve broken nets, herding fishes, messaging between boats and bringing fallen objects from the water. The dog has also worked as guard of the boat on foreign ports. More useful application was its search and rescue operation in waters. As the time passed by and technology took over the duties of the dog in the fishing industries, the demand of this breed decreased down to very dangerous level by the end of 1930s. The breed revived and number of the dog increased again by the efforts of a rich man of Portuguese named Vasco Bensaude, who bred the dog when it was near to vanish. In 1958, one pair of the dog was introduced to USA. To encourage and protect the breed in America, Portuguese Water Dog Club was formed in 1972, thereafter the dog recognized by American Kennel Club in 1983. The dog is versatile, a swimmer, retriever, rescue worker, work dog, agility, therapy and competitive obedience along with watchdog.


The most attracting element of its character is its obedience, which is rightly needed for its usage. It is very loyal and devoted to its master, courageous to face any situation and sea conditions including weathers. Happy when applied in the field reacts more sharply on the command of the master. This joyous breed entertains the peoples involved in co-working. Indoors, the dog is very friendly to family members, polite with children and playful with other animals at home. They are very intelligent in learning, and anxiously tends to learn new things. They respond very well to the training activities. They are eager to play with children and families. 

They are extremely brave and can hold the intruders their self.

The breed is easygoing and suits to all dog lovers. Their kind temperament towards other animals is the element of gold. Socialize the dog on very early stage and introduce all possible animals, you want to keep as pet in your home during puppyhood. They are excellent watchdogs with greater concern towards the safety of owner, its property. Good ability to sense odd smells, sounds and any other notable environmental change makes them a detective as well. They tend to dominate other animals in the house. They are eager to be noticed by its master.

Owner Should Know

  1. Portuguese Water Dogs are high energetic dog, they need adequate exercise daily, they love to swim and can be a good jogging companion.
  2. Some of the Portuguese Water Dogs will get destructive when left without work. They could chew extensively.
  3. They are intelligent and willful to learn new thing. Routine of same activities can cause boring the dog, make regular changes in training events and keep on giving challenges to the dog.
  4. They are well behaved with other pets, and with family including children. They are inquisitive to strangers and will prompt master about any unknown person stepping into the territory.
  5. This breed is low shedder, however clipping is necessary. It is slightly hypo allergic.
  6. The dog is active and lively, very good choice of dog lovers. Can be adapted for apartment life if exercise requirement are met.
  7. They get mature late.
  8. Seek for trusted and good reputed breeders to get healthy puppies. Ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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