Dog Breed Guide: Portuguese Water Dog

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A Portuguese Water Dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Portuguese Water Dog

Height (to base of neck): females 17-21″ males 20-23″

Weight:  females 35-50  lb, males 40-60 lb

Color: Black, white, black and white, brown and brown and white.

Origin: Portugal

Coat: Single, dense, waterproof coat with two varieties, curly and wavy.

Life Expectancy: 12-14  years

Energy level: Moderate to high

Exercise needs: High

Is a Portuguese Water Dog the Right Dog Breed for You?

This breed was selected for its stamina and excellent swimming ability to be used by fisherman to ‘herd’ fish, retrieve equipment and to deliver messages.  They are loyal, crave human companionship and are a good watch dog.  They are spirited and intelligent, but can possess an independent streak and can be aloof with strangers. They tend to be good with children.  They have high exercise needs and high grooming needs as well. They are considered hypoallergenic since they are low shedders.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Portuguese Water Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Ear Infection  $250  $1,064
 Colitis  $244  $458
 Skin Allergies  $844  $2,894


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