This breed of dog can live up to 14 years of age.
43cm to 57cm.
16kg to 25kg.
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
These dogs are extremely loyal and affectionate and are sensitive to their owner's moods, but if not handled correctly can be quite stubborn. Boisterous and strong willed, these dogs are blessed with great stamina. Very alert, they will let you know immediately when anyone comes to your home. Portuguese Water Dogs make brilliant companions, but will want to be a part of your daily routine.
Compatibility with other pets
When brought up with other pets in the home, they will form a strong friendship and respect for each other. They generally get on very well with other dogs when outside their home environment.
Grooming is very important for this breed as its coat doesn't shed and needs to be brushed thoroughly at least twice a week to prevent matting and tangling.
For the Portuguese Water Dog to thrive it needs owners who have the time to give regular grooming sessions and an exercise routine that includes plenty of swimming. Sound training is also essential for this dog to be happy and healthy. It is also a good breed for people with allergies because its coat doesn't shed.
Decision time (resources provided by Kennel Club):
Before making a decision on getting a puppy, here are some articles you might find helpful:
What do I need to consider when thinking of buying a puppy?
How do I find the right breeder, what should I ask them?
How do you check if the breeder is reputable?
What to ask your vet prior to buying a puppy?
Where to find dogs (resources provided by the Kennel Club):
Find out about important information about purchasing dogs from pet shops and traders