The Portuguese Water Dog has a profuse single coat that can be either wavy or curly. They require regular bathing and brushing. This robust dog can be bathed as frequently as every week up to no longer than every 6 weeks.
As we've mentioned, this breed is fairly high-maintenance, so you'll want to give them a full coat trim every month or so. Keep up your own grooming schedule a few times a week between visits.
A Spanish Water Dog's coat should never be brushed, combed or blown out. The dog should be bathed using a mild shampoo without heavy conditioners. The shampoo should be squeezed through the coat as if you were washing a sweater. The coat should not be rubbed vigorously as this is the recipe for matting.
The average price of a Portuguese Water Dog is around $1,500 to $2,500, depending on the breeder.
YesPortuguese Water Dog / Hypoallergenic
Costs: The dogs are expected to sell for about $1200, but there are none available until late 1999. It cost $10,000 to import one of the Portuguese Water Dogs into Australia. Housepet potential: The coat sheds little hair and is said to be good for people with allergies.
Portuguese Water Dogs are medium-sized dogs weighing from 35 to 60 pounds. Males are 20 to 23 inches at the shoulder; females are smaller at 17 to 21 inches tall. The body is well-muscled and built for work. The head is longer than the muzzle and the ears are dropped.
Originally used to herd fish into nets and retrieve from the water, the Portuguese Water Dog can perhaps learn gundog skills. They may be trained to retrieve or flush, and will not balk at getting into the water.
The Portuguese Water dog has two varieties of coat. One is compact curls, and the other is wavy with a slight sheen. These dogs have no undercoat and do not shed. They are clipped in either a "lion clip" (face and hindquarters shaved) or a "retriever clip" (hair cut evenly to about one inch).
This chewing behavior may extend to to nipping/biting and mouthing on people and this breed is definitely one of the mouthy ones. Consistent correction is needed from day one to make sure that this behavior doesn't become a habit.
You can buy a Portuguese Water Dog from a show breeder, who breeds dogs to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Portuguese Water Dog from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.
Female: 16–23 kgMale: 19–27 kgPortuguese Water Dog/Weight