August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Portuguese Water Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Portuguese Water Dog averages 22” of lithe muscle wrapped in curly or wavy coat. A true working dog, accomplished swimmer in warm or frigid waters, he is a rugged, robust, fifty found package that makes a loyal companion and alert guard.


Portuguese Water Dog Puppy & Breed Information


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The Portuguese Water Dog may have evolved in North Africa or Germany and probably existed in Biblical times.  The Portie predates the poodle and can be as distinguished and interesting as his popular, also clipped descendant. The Portuguese Water Dog can be vocal but is easily trained, amenable to discipline, and highly intelligent.


Portuguese Water Dog Coat, Color, Care: His thick coat is clipped into a lion or retriever clip for style and to prevent matting.  He comes in black or brown, with or without white.  He can be home-groomed but most owners have their Portie professionally bathed and clipped.


Portuguese Water Dog Personality: He is spirited but not hyper, self-willed but not stubborn.  The Portie is brave but never aggressive.  He meets strangers easily although he is always loyal to his owners.  The Portuguese Water Dog is as mentally quick as he is physically agile and yes, he loves the water, often amazing owners with incredible diving skills.


Exercise Requirements: Portuguese Water Dogs were bred to swim for hours.  His stamina is amazing.  He may retrieve a ball in the fenced yard but will thrive best on regular, strenuous, outdoor exercise.  If you live inland, put in an Olympic-sized pool; if not, bicycle jogging will prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking.


Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds (like Porties) but can be modified by diet and proper exercise.  Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


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Portuguese Water Dog AKC Standard
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