Portuguese Water Dogs are considered a hypoallergenic breed because they have short hair that does not shed. Additionally, they are considered a working dog, meaning that they are a breed that needs to stay busy. Although they were traditionally used to assist in fishing expeditions, the Portuguese Water Dog is now usually kept as a house pet. Although this breed is not as quite as common as some other breeds, if you want to dog that is hypoallergenic, lively, and enjoys companionship, the Portuguese Water Dog may be right for you.
Finding a Portuguese Water Dog Breeder
Because the Portuguese Water Dog is not bred as often as other breeds of hypoallergenic dog, you will probably have to search more for a breeder. You can do so online, in the newspaper, or by calling breeders in your area until you find one. Portuguese Water Dogs (PWD) are generally happy dogs. However, you will have to keep them busy or they will get bored. So be sure to have plenty of toys for your pup to play with. You may also want to consider crate training your pup for when you are not at home. This means that the dog will stay in a crate when you go out so he or she won’t weak havoc in your home. PWDs are particularly prone to this, since they will chew on anything they find when bored or lonely.
Crate Training Your Portuguese Water Dog
Crate training should begin right after you bring your pup home. You should place a blanket, toys, and water in the pup’s crate in order to make him or her comfortable while you are away. You should not use the crate when punishing the dog. Else, she or he will not want to go and stay in it when you have to leave for the day. Also keep in that after training the dog, you will have to keep up the routine for it to be truly effective. This will give the dog stability (which will in turn also help to salvage your possessions). Keeping your pup in a crate when you are not at home will also help reduce allergens.
Grooming Your Portuguese Water Dogs
Portuguese Water Dogs need to be groomed around every two months or so. There are two patterns that most groomers follow for PWDs: the retriever cut and the lion cut. The retriever cut means that the dog’s hair is cut evenly all over the body. On the other hand, the lion cut leaves the front half of the dog’s body covered with hair while the hair on the hind legs is cut short. You should take the dog to have his or her hair groomed if you are not comfortable cutting it yourself.
General Advice and Info on Portuguese Water Dogs
If you are considering buying a PWD, you should be prepared to have constant companionship. Dogs of this breed need to be walked every day, and you should prepare to do your best to entertain and interact with them throughout the day. If you need to travel on vacation or for work, you should board the dog so her or she will not feel lonely.
Portuguese Water Dogs generally live between twelve and fifteen years. They are a very easy going breed and usually get along very with both children and adults. Although most Portuguese Water Dogs are black, some are white or a mix of colors. Their hair is curly or wavy and akin to that of the standard poodle. If you are looking for a breed that does not shed and will feel right at home with your family, then the PWD is the breed for you.