We know that Portuguese Water Dog puppies are
cute. But we also know they are not the right dog
for everyone. Before you buy one, we'd like to help
you make sure that having a PWD is the right
dog for you.
Our breed has a range of health, temperaments,
energy levels - and breeders. Please take the
time now to make a careful choice. Also keep in
mind regular grooming can be costly!! (not to
mention the three cell phones they have
stolen off of my kitchen counter top and chewed
up in the last year! PWDs are NOTORIOUS
Take a look at our "MISCHIEVIOUS-NESS"
Photo Gallery at right - - it is said that the
"Portuguese Water Dog has a unique sense of
humor and it's owner needs a sense of humor, too"
And remember, a Water Dog out of site, is a Water
Dog in trouble!! (And no roll of toilet paper is safe
if it's within reach of PWD!)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT......
If you are getting started researching the breed, we suggest that you scour the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America website. It contains a lot of really good information about selecting the right kind of dog for your family, selecting a breeder, and specific information about PWDs.
There are a lot of unethical people involved in breeding PWDs in this current environment - solely for the purpose of making money. One key indicator? No ethical breeder actually calls the breed "Porties" - believe it or not, this single word will weed out 99% of unscrupulous breeders. If you are working with someone who is actually breeding these dogs for the purpose of improving the breed and not just padding their pocket books.... look for all of the right indicators. Please seek out health testing, microchipped, limited contracts, breeder's who want to meet you in person, who care about where their puppies are going. They need to be involved in competing with their dogs on some level. There is a BIG difference between PURE bred and WELL bred. When you look at dogs here on this site, and then look at some of them elsewhere (on sites where they are calling the dogs "Porties") I know you can see the difference. Help us protect our beloved Portuguese Water Dogs.