The PWD

The Straight Poop - Living with a PWD

Portuguese Water Dogs (PWDs) thrive in homes with owners who want to spend time with their dogs.  PWDs always want to be with you, ready for the next adventure.  They are happy to go for a walk, play in the yard or train for a sport and be active with you; then curl up on the couch with you and watch a movie.  The old adage, “a tired puppy is a good puppy” is especially true with PWDs, they do best when you tire out their bodies and/or their brains. 

We think PWDs are the best breed ever.  But they are not suited to everyone

Please check out “Is this the time for a puppy in your family?” produced by the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America.


The Breed

General appearance from the American Kennel Club breed standard provides a good overview of the breed.

Known for centuries along Portugal's coast, this seafaring breed was prized by fishermen for a spirited, yet obedient nature, and a robust, medium build that allowed for a full day's work in and out of the water. The Portuguese Water Dog is a swimmer and diver of exceptional ability and stamina, who aided his master at sea by retrieving broken nets, herding schools of fish, and carrying messages between boats and to shore. He is a loyal companion and alert guard. This highly intelligent utilitarian breed is distinguished by two coat types, either curly or wavy; an impressive head of considerable breadth and well proportioned mass; a ruggedly built, well-knit body; and a powerful, thickly based tail, carried gallantly or used purposefully as a rudder. The Portuguese Water Dog provides an indelible impression of strength, spirit, and soundness.

There are many good resources on the breed and it’s history; we have included some links below.

Portuguese Water Dog Club of America

American Kennel Club - PWD Breed Standard



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