Portuguese water dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: Portugal
- Group: Working
- Weight: Male: 19-27 kg Females: 16-23 kg
- Height: Males: 50-57 cm Females: 43-52 cm
- Colors: white brown, white, brown, black, black and white
- Training: easy to train
- Grooming: needs movement
- Temperament: docile, obedient, brave, intelligent
- Health: generally healthy
- Litter size: 4 - 8 puppies
- Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
- Other names: Cao de Agua, Cao de Agua Portugues, Serving, PWD, Portuguese Water Dog
This dog seems to descend from the water Barbet dog and was used by fishermen off the coast of Portugal.
These dogs looked after schools of fish on the side of boats and then jumped into the water and "Manau" bench over in the nets of fishermen, intake hoses, carrying messages from boat to boat or barking loudly at fog to warn boats found boat near their master.
With the decline of fisheries, the breed was almost extinct, but revived it became lovers looking for a companion dog. President Obama's dog.
Food Portuguese water dog
The amount of food that you have to give Portuguese water dog depends on the size, age, metabolism and activity level.
Dogs with a lower level of activity must be given less food may otherwise be predisposed to obesity. You can keep in shape if you feed your dog at least twice a day. After lunch it is good to rest at least 30 minutes.
With what to feed a dog is a little harder. Diet varies from race to race and individual to Individual. There are dogs that eat without any problem all the ingredients, but there are dogs that have sensitive stomachs, which can make allergies to certain foods.
If you choose to store bought food it is good to see what it contains. Dog's health in terms of nutrition seen in fur, activity level and appetite after exercise.
The dog is a routine form when it comes to eating, so it is better to feed it at the same time every time.
It is forbidden to give your dog sweets. Even if it requires some like them or eat them and not make them better. Chocolate and ice cream are toxic to him. Excess any harm life or in certain combinations can be fatal.
Description Portuguese water dog
It is a medium sized dog, robust, muscular, well-proportioned. It has a strong head, nose a little shorter than the skull. The eyes and nose are brown or black.
The ears are long, wide, well covered with hair, left near the head. The feet are covered with hair and have interdigital membrane. The tail is long and furry.
Judging by the coat are two varieties: one is with long hair, slightly wavy, lustrous and not too often, overhead and ears with longer hair forming a kind of shock; another, shorter hair, curly, thick and dull loop and has thatch of hair on the head, these portions being as long as the rest of the body, two varieties have the same morphological characters.
The coat can be black, white, brown or combination of colors.
Behavior Portuguese water dog
Dogs of this breed are water-loving, tireless swimmers and divers. Ideal dog for fishermen, always ready to jump in the water intake escaped fish rod or boat to guard jealously.
Docile, sociable, have a great capacity for learning, with special skills for agility and obedience.Pentru they are working dogs, Portuguese water dogs are always present near their master, always ready to fulfill the tasks given to it and it multumesca .
Being a very intelligent breed requires a master-handed, but in a glove catifea.Sunt very sensitive to tone of voice, the master must be addressed calm but authoritative, confident.
Portuguese water dogs have a great sense of humor, making them always enjoy being in the spotlight. Loves children and gets along well with his peers or other active animale.Caine require a master as.
These dogs are known as "big rontaitori", therefore it is desirable to provide them with enough things to chew when left alone (to save items you want integers). It has a well-developed sense of ownership, gets along well with strangers if they have been present beforehand.
Training Portuguese water dog
It is an intelligent, quickly understand what is required, likes to work to master and therefore training is not problematic.
It should be a consistent training, varied and cheerful especially if it is alternated with moments of play.
Characteristics Portuguese water dog
This dog feels good next to an active master and a fenced yard where it can move freely.
It can accommodate and an apartment if they were provided daily movement needs. It has a high level of activity and loves to swim, to fetch the water, has inclinations for various canine sports.
The coat should be brushed and combed regularly. Variety with long wavy hair and is usually trimmed on its hind legs (cut work) to swim more easily.
Today it is less used by fishermen as an aid in their work, but is looking and pleasant companion dog.
Health Portuguese water dog
Dogs of this breed are generally healthy. But, like other erase, can confruntacu some health problem such as:
Hip dysplasia: affects the hip joint, manifested initially through a slight limp. This genetic disorder can be removed by carefully studying pedigreelui specimens for breeding.
Progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts: two disorders are commonly found in dog Portuguese water. Cataracts are characterized by clouding of the lens in one or both eyes with vision loss if not treated on time.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a genetic disease, whose gene is found in certain bloodlines, which can lead to night blindness initially, followed by loss of sight completely.
Juvenile Dilated cardiomyopathy: is a rare genetic disorder that affects chickens, they fail to reach adulthood because of heart cession.