All About the Portuguese Water Dog
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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.
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.
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.
- Portuguese Water Dogs have very thick coats that come in two varieties: curly and wavy.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed, with coats that must be brushed every other day. Their waterproof, hypoallergenic coats should also be trimmed once a month.
- Their thick-based tails can act as rudders when they swim.
10 to 14 years
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.
Portuguese Water Dogs have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Portuguese Water Dogs are wonderful family dogs. They adore children, and they are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other household pets.
- Portuguese Water Dogs are not only excellent swimmers, they are also great divers, capable of retrieving broken nets and searching for fish while working as assistants to the fishermen along the shores of Portugal hundreds of years ago.
- When they traveled on boats with their masters, Portuguese Water Dogs often stayed behind to guard the vessels in foreign ports.
- Dr. Vasco Bensuade is considered these dogs’ savior. He helped to breed them at during the early 20th century, when Portuguese Water Dogs had begun to disappear, saving the breed from extinction.