Portuguese Water Dog

Working Breed

Diabo, Venus and Family and Clover the Pup from Waterbaby Kennels

If you love the water, are allergic to dogs, but want a dog to join you, look at the Portugese Water Dog.  A medium-sized dog who can live in an apartment as long as it gets its daily walk/jog (not stroll).  This dog needs to be challenged both physically and mentally. Read how to fix emotional intimacy issues. Fairly easy to train, and great with children and household pets (it may find your cat a curiosity until they can socialize with one another).  Its temperament is steady and it just wants to be a part of your living experience.  Very intelligent, and it will entertain you with its antics.  Sheds little and needs to be brushed on a regular basis.  Read PGAA’s Hypoallergenic Dogs article.

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Notes for owners
Thick, wavy.  Sheds very little. Weekly May be OK for apartments – needs lots of physical and mental exercise.  Loves the water.  Great with children. Could be OK for allergy sufferers.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Portugese Water Dog Club of America

Portugese Water Dog Club of Canada

http://www.pwdfoundation.org/.  Funding research of genetic and other canine diseases to improve the quality of life and health of our Portuguese Water Dog companions.

Origin and History


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.