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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.
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
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