Portuguese Water Dog

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Breed Group: Working
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The Portuguese Water Dog has aided Portuguese fisherman for centuries by herding and catching fish, carrying messages between ships, retrieving anything and everything that fell overboard, and guarding the catch and boats. Being that they were bred for water work, this breed loves the water and is an excellent retriever.
The Portuguese Water Dog is very intelligent, devoted, loyal, and very alert. Him being so alert, this makes him good as a watchdog. This breed is very people-oriented and should be kept as a family pet as he does not do well in kennel life. The Portuguese Water Dog can be protective of his family and territory so socialization at an early age should be performed to avoid any dominance and/or aggression issues that may occur in the future.
The Portuguese Water Dog has is very fun loving and enjoys the company of others. He can be somewhat protective making him a great candidate for watch dogging, although he should not display any aggressive tendencies. This breed can do well around children, however can be protective and somewhat combative around other dogs so early socialization again is necessary if this dog is to live in peace with another. The Portuguese Water Dog should not be trusted around smaller and more passive animals.
Regular combing and brushing this breed is necessary. This breed has a very thick and close-knit coat which can easily get tangled or matted, so daily combing should be provided. Bathe only when necessary. Brushing with a wire brush or a fine-toothed comb would work best. Checking for burrs in the coat should be performed if this dog is to have free roam in a fenced yard.
The Portuguese Water Dog has a little to no shedding coat, and is great for homes with allergies. The coat may be either curly or wavy, and is thick, covering the whole body at an even length. The coat of this breed is somewhat weather resistant, so bathing should be sparse.
This being such an intelligent breed, he does well in obedience and agility. The Portuguese Water Dog is also very lively which makes him quite stubborn at times. Trainer must be firm yet gentle, but this breed is very willing to learn. Given the proper handler and training, this breed will do wonderfully.
The Portuguese Water Dog does well in a family environment and can be very active both indoors and out. This breed does best with at least an average sized yard, but if given the proper amount of exercise, he can do well without one. Portuguese Water Dogs love to jog and would make a wonderful companion for the outdoors type.
Male: 42-60; Female: 35-50 lbs
Male: 20-23; Female: 17-21 inches
black, white, brown, or combinations of black or brown with white
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Portuguese Water Dog puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Portuguese Water Dog varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Portuguese Water Dog puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Portuguese Water Dogs sold is $2,250.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Portuguese Water Dog with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $4,000 upwards to $8,400 or even more for a Portuguese Water Dog with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Portuguese Water Dogs sold is $2,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $2,250.00
Average Price: $2,100.00
Top Quality: $4,000.00 to $8,400.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2228 Portuguese Water Dog puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Portuguese Water Dog puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Portuguese Water Dogs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Portuguese Water Dog Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2228 Portuguese Water Dog dogs.
  • 1. Hank
  • 2. Chase
  • 3. Angel
  • 4. Bella
  • 5. Ariel
  • 6. Cooper
  • 7. Lucy
  • 8. Mia
  • 9. Chaz
  • 10. Daisy
  • 11. Jake
  • 12. Luna
  • 13. Maggie
  • 14. Max
  • 15. Carter
  • 16. Jack
  • 17. Lola
  • 18. Nuno
  • 19. Porter
  • 20. Sailor

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Member Since: October 2010
Location: Northern Michigan, Michigan
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Anonymous asked:
Can you trim Portuguese Water Dog's coat to have it closer to their body?



The Portuguese Water Dog has two classic cuts, the Lion Cut and the Retriever Cut. What you are possibly looking for is a shortened version of the Retriever Cut. This can be done by a professional groomer. However, this short of a cut will strip the dog of the natural water resistance it has. The Portuguese Water Dogs' coat was made for water and so is water resistant. The breed dries quickly and can shed large amount of water easily. When cut too short, they will lose that ability. It is not necessarily a negative thing, but it is something for a potential owner to be aware of.


I have had three PWDs and always had them groomed short for the summer months when they were in and out of the water. Easier to rinse off. Longer is better from November until March.

Anonymous asked:
Are Portuguese Water Dogs good for a single female? I also live in a condominium it’s hard having a dog in a condo. Would a PWD do well in a condo? I prefer a male if possible,nice brown one.



The gender and coloration of a dog doesn't matter in the long run. The main thing is making sure the dog is suitable for your living situation and life style. The Portuguese Water Dog is a devoted, loving, playing, clown-like breed of dog. They are attached to their owners like velcro and want nothing more but to be a part of whatever you are doing. I short, if you made sure of a few things, this breed could possibly live in a condo setting. The Portuguese Water Dog needs an average of 2 hours of running exercise a day. They should not be left alone for long periods of time without being exercised before and after returning. If you can dedicate an hour in the morning of running exercise, ie: jogging, biking, playing fetch at the park, ect. every day no matter the time of year; and then again in the evening, then yes. If you can't, then I would suggest making sure you have your dog taken to a doggy day care for the day while you are at work. This gives the dog the exercise, socialization and companionship it needs while you are away. If you can handle that financially, and then dedicate time after work and / or during the weekend to exercising and spending time with your dog, I would say yes, this breed could work for you.


Paco got upset one day and unzipped the chair cushion and destroyed the innards. Did not damaged the fabric at all which amazed me.

Anonymous asked:
I am just wondering are Potuguese Water Dogs really friendly and playful dogs?



In short, yes. The Portuguese Water Dog is a wonderful breed that is active, loyal, playful and fun-loving. They adore their owner and family. Hanging out with their owner and family is their life and they would enjoy every minute of getting to be with them.


Very friendly, very attached to owner and family. Rests at your feet and often seeks to lick or just rub between your feet. Devoted. Smart, beautiful soft coat, little or no shedding. Will play and clown around in most adorable manner. They want to be part of anything you do. Good with children, other dogs.

Anonymous asked:
I have 2-year-old Shiz Tsu and a 2-year-old King Charles. Do you think a Portuguese Water Dog puppy will work well with them? They are very playful dogs but the King Charles is very submissive



The Portuguese Water Dog is a happy-go-lucky breed of dog with lots of energy. They are sweet, loyal and lovable dogs that enjoy the company of other dogs and their owners. Though this breed is a little larger than your other dogs, the Portuguese Water Dog could fit in well with your other dogs. Bring your other dogs to your breeder and allow them to find a pup that fits well within their two-dog pack.


Yes they get along well, I have a Shiz Tsu and PWG in household.

Anonymous asked:
Do Portuguese Water Dogs like their owners a lot? They didn't say anything about this in the description. If he lived with me would he get enough exercise if he is walked daily and ran loose for a half an hour to 45 mins? Also, he would obviously go outside whenever he has to go to the bathroom. I've had lots of different breeds during my life. I just want to make sure he would like to live with me in the new place I live.



If you take the time to train your dog, spend time with your dog and play with your dog then the Portuguese Water Dog will have a very good bond with you. An average walk should be 30 - 45 minutes and then 30 - 45 minutes of loose running is a perfect amount of exercise for your dog. But remember, puppies need less exercise in the beginning.


I had a Portuguese water dog as a child and it had created a strong bond with the family. It is true about a good watch dog because one day I opened the door to strangers and my dog came running to my side and was barking until my parents came to see what was going on. The exercise regime that you have planned is okay but make sure you consider your dog as part of the family and know you want it before you get him and later on think of him as a chore.


We have had Porties for over 25 years and are always amazed at what they do. They are completely devoted to their pack members, i.e. the family and if normal, they will show complete loyalty to each. With other dogs they are typically submissive in order to get along. Only once did I see another dog attack ours who stood still as the other dog charged toward it.

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Updated: 7/2/2022