Portuguese Water Spaniel, Water Dog Puppies, Rescue

Portuguese Water Spaniel (Water Dog)



portuguese water spaniel

The portuguese water spaniel dog are particularly cute when they are puppies and have become even more popular since President Obama decided on getting this breed from a rescue home.

They are members of the working dog group and were originally bred to work in water and drive fish into their owners fish nets.

You can get this dog from recommended breeders and also from rescue homes but you need to do your research thoroughly before taking your dog or puppies home.

They are often chosen for people that have specific allergies as they are one of the best dogs for people who suffer from allergies.

Portuguese Water Spaniel (Water Dog)

The Facts…

Facts about the Portuguese Water Spaniel (Dog)…

Facts, Information & Origins…

  • This breed were initially bred to drive the fish into the nets f their owners, hence the name Portuguese Water Dog, they originate from Portugal.
  • This dog is a member of the working dog group and is also known by the name of Cao de Agua.
  • The breed was officially registered by the American Kennel Club as a breed in 1893.


  • Due to the fact that they come from the working dog group they can come in different sizes from medium to really quite large.
  • They are very strong, independent and can be quite domineering as a breed and consequently quite a difficult dog to manage.
  • If you are a first time dog owner or are after a normal very easy to train dog this breed is not the best breed. This is also not the best dog to own if it is your first dog.
  • You will need to be a firm pack leader and alpha male when using obedience training with this breed.
  • Dog obedience training with this breed is made easier due to their natural intelligence normally associated with the working dog group.
  • You will also need to start socializing this breed very early with as many different experiences as possible.
  • If you are not specifically after a Portuguese Water Spaniel but are just after a dog from the working dog group, there are other members of this group that are a little easier to deal with including the Newfoundland, the Saint Bernard or the Samoyed.


  • As you can see in the picture above this breed can come in white and black, black and  brown and silver tipped.
  • The coat is curly and it is thought by some breeders that this breed are related to the Poodle.
  • Their coat is also single layered and does not shed, they are classed as hypoallergenic.
  • The coat needs to be groomed on a regular basis otherwise it will start to mat and may cause sores.
  • The male will grow to a height of 20-23 inches and will weigh anywhere between 40-60 pounds.  Females are smaller and normally grow to a height of 17-21 inches and weigh 35-50 pounds. 

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