Portuguese water dog

Portuguese water dog is a powerful breed of water dog that originated in Portugal, having a wavy or curly coat.


The Portuguese water dog comes from the Algarve area of Portugal. After that, this breed broadened to all-around Portugal’s coastline where they were trained to herd fish from fishermen’s nets, and work as couriers from ship-to-ship or ship-to-shore.

Physical Appearance

The body is well muscled and made for work. The head is bigger than the muzzle. However, the ears are dropped.


Twenty to twenty-three inches (male)

Seventeen to twenty-one inches (female)


11 to 13 years


42 to 60 lbs. (male)

35 to 50 lbs. (female)


  • Quarrelsome
  • Docile
  • Daring
  • Impetuous
  • Smart
  • Respectful

Susceptible to Diseases 

  • Hip Dysplasia 
  • Generalized progressive retinal atrophy
  • Von Gierke disease
  • Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy 

Care and Grooming

The Portuguese water dog includes an excessive single coat that might be curly or wavy. They need regular brushing and bathing. This strong dog might be bathed as often as weekly, about no less than every six weeks.