Believed to have originated in the province of Algarve in Portugal, this dog breed was commonly used as retriever dogs by fishermen. Used primarily as a companion dog, this breed was registered by AKC in the year 1983. With its exceptional grasping skills, this breed is truly an instructor’s delight.
Portuguese water dogs have an elongated muscular body with long briskets and a broad chest. They have dense single layered black, white or brown coat that can be curly, flat, shiny or thick. The head is distinctly large with a round skull. The drooping ears and the tapering tail add to its elegant appearance. Due to the presence of webbed toes, this breed is good at swimming.
As a beautiful dog, you will first notice the Portuguese Water Dog's coat which is an amazing black in most dogs. You can find these dogs in white and brown as well, but those coats are much harder to locate. Some are multi colored dogs. Those are generally white and will have darker spots over their body.
They are rather friendly towards other dog breeds as well as cats. These highly affectionate creatures bond really well with their masters and can go to any extent to please them and win their hearts. A sharp brain and a playful temperament are two noteworthy traits of this breed. However, it takes a consistent and experienced hand to train them. It is a quick learner but extremely sensitive when it comes to it master. The dog is very patient and also has pleasing manners.
A normal Portuguese water dog has a life span of 10 to 12 years. This breed is commonly prone to conditions of hip dysplasia and PRA. The young ones among this breed usually suffer from fatal nerve diseases. It grows to an average height of 17 to 22 inches and weighs almost 35 to 55 pounds.
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