Get to know the Portuguese Water Dog
All you need to know about the breed
Given the Portuguese Water Dog’s age-old connection to water, the fact that it’s their middle name is anything but a surprise. In addition to an obvious passion for splashing, these aquatically inclined canines have webbed feet and a rudder-like tail that could give Michael Phelps a run for his money. Whether delivering messages on the high seas or working alongside fishermen, Portuguese Water Dogs have spent centuries putting their remarkable swimming and diving abilities to good use.
The medium-sized Portuguese Water Dog has a single, water-repellent coat that is tightly curled or wavy. Most owners keep their coat in a retriever clip, where the hair is trimmed to 1 cm all over their body, or styled in the show-stopping lion clip, where the hair on the muzzle and hindquarters is shaved. Regardless of the coiffe, grooming your Portuguese Water Dog will take some effort, but the irresistibly adorable result is well worth it.
Fun-loving and enthusiastic, the Portuguese Water Dog is an active breed that adapts well to life indoors provided they get plenty of opportunities to spend their surplus of energy. It’s also important to keep your Portuguese Water Dog mentally occupied to discourage any undesirable behaviours that could arise if prolonged boredom sets in. Whether it’s dock-diving, retrieving balls from the water, or just hanging out, you can be sure the Portuguese Water Dog will be up for it – as long as it’s with you.
2 facts about Portuguese Water Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Portuguese Water Dog
Caring for your Portuguese Water Dog
Grooming, training and exercise tips
The Portuguese Water Dog’s fast-growing hair should be brushed or combed three times weekly and cut monthly. Additionally, their coat should always be rinsed with fresh water after a dip. Make sure to brush teeth and wipe ears out regularly, checking for signs of infection. Your Portuguese Water Dog should get at least 30 minutes to an hour of daily exercise. Luckily, these enthusiastic dogs are keen for just about any activity in addition to the obvious swim. Think jogging, hiking, playing fetch – the list goes on.Portuguese Water Dogs are fast learners who also happen to be fairly sensitive and, as such, respond best to training that uses positive reinforcement. These intelligent dogs benefit greatly from regular mental stimulation and are excellent candidates for obedience and agility training.