Non-sporting Breeds

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 19 -23 in (50-57.5cm) Bitch: 17-21 in (43-52.5cm)
Weight: Dog: 42-60 lb (19-27kg) Bitch: 35-50 lb (15.5-22.5kg)
Coat: Profuse and thick except under forelegs and thighs; either fairly long and slightly waved or shortish and compact curls; no undercoat
Color: Solid black, white, or various shades of brown; black and white or brown and white; skin bluish under black, white, and black and white

The Portuguese Water Dog was once a familiar sight throughout the fishing ports of the Iberian Peninsula, and is still commonly found in the Algarve region of Portugal. It is a fisherman's dog and undertakes a wide variety of tasks, including guarding the catch and retrieving fish or objects lost overboard. There are two distinct varieties of the breed, one with a long,, glossy, wavy coat and the other with a shorter, thicker, curlier coat, but conformation is identical. This intelligent, energetic dog is self-willed but obedient to its owner, and somewhat apprehensive of strangers. It is a superlative swimmer and diver, needs ample exercise, and regular brushing and combing. For exhibition, the hindquarters are clipped from the last rib, and two-thirds of the tail are clipped.
The Material contained herein may not be reproduced without the prior written approval of the author. © 2013 All Rights Reserved.