Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs once served as crew on fishing trips, retrieving lost gear and herding fish into nets. Today, this dog breed makes for a fun-loving family companion—represented by Bo Obama, former First Dog of the U.S.—who still retains their intelligence and love of the water, not to mention the webbed feet, that made them so valuable to their human family. Male Portuguese Water Dogs stand 20 to 23 inches at the shoulder, and weigh 40 to 60 pounds. Females stand 17 to 21 inches, and weigh 30 to 55 pounds. The Portuguese Water Dog has a lot of great qualities: he’s tireless, and fun loving, with a great sense of humor. He’s a very smart dog, and is smart enough that he can out think you if you don’t stay a step ahead of him. You may frequently find yourself laughing as he plays the clown to get your attention. The Portuguese Water Dog has two coat types: curly and wavy. Both types are a single coat, meaning there’s no undercoat. That’s why the Portie doesn’t shed as much as some breeds and why he’s often considered to be hypoallergenic. (Although all dogs shed hair and dander to some degree — there’s no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog.) The Portie’s coat can be black, white, various shades of brown, or black or brown with white. It’s popular to give the Portie a lion clip or a retriever clip. In the lion clip, the muzzle, mid-body, and rear end are short, with a tuft at the end of the tail. In the retriever clip, the coat is clipped or trimmed all over to about an inch in length, following the outline of the body.

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