ALL ABOUT™ PORTUGUESE WATER DOGS
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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