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Portuguese Water Dog

 

Portuguese Water Dog

Height: 17-23 inches

Weight: 35-60 lbs.

Life Span: 10-14 yrs.

Breed Group: Sporting Dogs

Overview
Portuguese water dogs are very intelligent, playful, and active. They require early obedience training and socialization to become accustomed to different types of people, animals, and noises.

They may bark excessively to guard their territory, communicate with other dogs, or get attention. They also may be "mouthy," wanting to chew or hold household objects in their mouths.

Appearance
Their profuse, thick coat comes in two varieties: curly with lusterless, compact, cylindrical curls; or wavy with gently falling curls and a slight sheen. Color is black, white, various tones of brown, and combinations of black or brown with white.

There are two common clips: the lion (face and hindquarters shaved) or the retriever (evenly trimmed all over). The tail is usually shaved with a plume on the end.

Grooming & Exercise Needs
Portuguese water dogs need to be brushed and combed a few times a week and trimmed every month or two. They need to be taken on at least one long walk or run every day and given the occasional opportunity to swim.

Origins
The Portuguese water dog, an exceptional swimmer and diver, originated in the Middle Ages and for centuries helped fishermen by retrieving broken nets, herding schools of fish, and carrying messages from boat to shore.

Special Alerts
This breed is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.

Breed-related health concerns: progressive retinal atrophy, glycogen storage disease (a rare and fatal nervous system disorder), congenital kidney problems that may lead to kidney failure, Addison's disease, cardiomyopathy, follicular dysplasia (a condition caused by abnormally formed hair follicles that results in hair loss).

 

Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club

 


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