The Portuguese water dog was known for centuries as a seafaring breed that was prized by fisherman. They can be characterized as spirited and obedient in nature. They are a robust, medium build dog that has a substantial amount of endurance to perform a full days work. They are naturals in the water, often showing exceptional stamina while swimming and diving. They can be great loyal companions, highly alert and an intelligent breed.
The Portuguese water dog comes in two types of coats, “curly” and “wavy”. Both coat types require a significant amount of grooming. They can be kept in two types of trims, the traditional “lion” trim or the more “popular” amongst pet owners, “retriever” trim. The Portuguese water dog should be brushed several times a week and bathed and groomed every 4-6 weeks.
Males tend to be between 20-23 inches at the shoulder and 42-60 lbs. Females range between 17-21 inches at the shoulder and 35-50 lbs. They have an impressive head and are ruggedly built. For a full description of the breed standard please follow the link to the PWDCA website http://www.pwdca.org/breed-standard.
If the description above seems like a lot of work, you are correct! But the effort is well worth your while as the bond and relationship you will have with your dog is immeasurable! This breed is not for everyone and if you do not want to put in the effort to train, groom and stimulate a PWD then maybe this is not the breed for you.