This web-footed water baby was bred to assist sailors and fishermen in Portugal by retrieving lost gear and crewmen from the waves, as well as “herding” fish into the nets. One suspects that the whimsical activity contributed to the fun loving, highly intelligent, and people-loving traits of this breed. What matters most for them is activity and companionship—meet those needs and they’ll live anywhere.
1. Portuguese Water Dogs 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Portuguese Water Dog Temperament and Training
3. Portuguese Water Dog Diet and Feeding
Portuguese Water Dog Diet
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Portuguese Water Dog Weight
Portuguese Water Dogs generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Portuguese Water Dogs. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Portuguese Water Dog with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.