Portuguese Water Dog Information

The Portuguese Water Dog is a strong, robust medium sized, agile dog with stamina and endurance to do a full days work. They have substantial boned density and well muscled frame.  Their head is large with a broad top skull and muzzle.

The Portuguese Water Dog has a non-shedding coat and has hypo-allergenic hair that continues to grow as human hair does. They come in combinations of black/white, brown/white and cream colors and do not have an undercoat. 

They are very loyal, affectionate, energetic, intelligent family dog which thrives on and demands human attention.  PWD's thrive as a family member and get on well with children and other pets. With a sense of humor it will invariably compete for centre stage. Portuguese Water Dogs are alert and protective rather than aggressive and is cautious and sensible with strangers.

Allergies: because of their hair (not fur) it is easier for people with allergies to live with this breed than double coated shedding breeds.  It is recommended that you spend enough time with a hypo-allergenic in order to test your allergic response before you buy a puppy.


Facts & Answers

  • Portuguese Water Dogs are energetic and require at least 1hr of exercise daily.  Going for walks, the park or playing in the backyard will do.  Without proper exercise or mental stimulation, like most breeds they will become born and find things to do including chewing.
  • Portuguese Water Dogs are highly intelligent.  They can learn new things but can become bored easily.
  • They get along well with children and other family pets, especially if they're raised with them.  They can be reserved with strangers if not socialized, but never lacking in love and affection for there families.
  • Portuguese Water Dogs don't shed much, roughly the same as humans with the same hair length.
  • They can adapt to apartment/condo life if they get the exercise to burn off energy each day.
  • Sizes - Males stand 20 to 23 inches at the shoulder and weight 42 to 60lbs

                  - Females stand 17 to 21 inches at the shoulder and weight 32 to 45lbs

  • Portuguese Water Dogs have some great qualities; they're tireless, fun loving, with a great sense of humor.  They're also smart enough that they try to figure things out such as how to get things they want.  You may find yourself laughing as they play and clown around to get your attention.
  • Most Portuguese Water Dogs are in the middle for temperment between Strong willed and completely laid back.  The lifestyle of the family determines a great deal of the character of this breed.  If you have a busy/crazy household, the dog is likely to lean towards the activity and level of discipline shown.
  • With most breeds, getting them socialize at an early age is very beneficial.  We do not suggest going to any place you are unaware of the level of health such as dog parks until a puppy is fully vaccinated.  Socializing with families pets that are vaccinated are great opportunities.
  • Hip Dysplasia is a heritable condition which is when the thigh bone doesn't fit snug into the hip joint.  We have all of our breeding stock verified for quality of hip joint before joining our kennel.  Even with parents with excellent hips there is always a chance with medium and large breeds Hip Dysplasia can occur.  Hip Dysplasia can also occur when a dog is over weight, under or over excericed and if and injury occurs at a young age such as playing and falling awkward.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye.  PRA is detectable years before the dog shows any signs of blindness.  All of our breeding stock gets PRA testing before any breeding is done, we only keep dogs that are "Clear" which means if you have two parents that are "Clear" they will not have puppies that have the gene that produces PRA.
  • Storage Disease (GM1) is a recessive genetic disorder caused by a lack of an enzyme and allows the build up of toxic substances in the nerve cells.  Again, we test all of our breeding stock and only keep "Normal" results which when two "Normal" parents will not genetically pass the GM1 disease.
  • All of Kortun Kennels breeding stock are test for Quality of Hip setting, PRA and GM1.  We only keep breeding stock that passes all three tests to continue our breeding program.
  • Grooming is a annual occurance as this is not a shedding breed.  Length of their hair is a choice of the owner.  Seasons also determine the length of hair as winter they do need to keep warm and do  ot suggest