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Breed: Portuguese Water Dog
Country of Origin: Portugal
AKC Group: Working
Function: Water dog
Life Span: 10-14 years
Appearance: Large
Color: black, white or brown, parti-color (white with dark spots), black or brown with white markings, or even silver fox or gray
Coat Type: Non-shedding
Grooming: The Portuguese Water dog should be brushed and combed regularly. The wavy-coated variety is usually closely clipped at the hindquarters and on the nose but the curly-coated dogs generally have a working retriever clip, especially in the United States, so that only the tail is close-clipped. This breed is good for allergic persons as the coat sheds little to no hair and is virtually hypo-allergenic. The coat grows more slowly than that of a poodle and does not require a frequent scissoring or clipping.
Height: 17-22 inches
Weight: 35-55 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Yes
Character: lively
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Active
Potential Problems:  
Behavior: While a puppy, it chews a lot!
Physical: Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia and PRA. Breeding stock should be tested for GM-1 Storage Disease, a fatal nerve disease that appears when a puppy is six months old.