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Portuguese Water Dogs

Also referred to as Cao De Agua

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Portuguese Water Dog

All About the Portuguese Water Dog

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Average Height & Weight

The American Eskimo Dog is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 20 to 23 inches.

Weight: 42 to 60 pounds.

Females – Height: 17 to 21 inches.

Weight: 35 to 50 pounds.

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Portuguese Water Dog


Typical Coloring

Portuguese Water Dogs are commonly black, white or brown, or a combination of black or brown with white.





Portuguese Water Dogs are a spirited, passionate breed with two main loves: family and water. They are playful and attentive, as well as extremely intelligent. They take to obedience training well.




Activity Level

Portuguese Water Dogs require a great deal of activity!

Their preferred method of exercise is swimming, and they can do it for hours. But they are also happy going on long walks or playing extended games of fetch.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Portuguese Water Dogs include canine hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Glycogen storage disease and distichiasis are less common but still occur within the breed.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Portuguese Water Dogs have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Portuguese Water Dog


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Portuguese Water Dogs are wonderful family dogs. They adore children, and they are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other household pets.




Fun Facts  


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