Casa Lago Portuguese Water Dogs

The Portuguese Water Dog is a thinking dog with a high energy level. This can make training very easy but while they learn quickly, they need new challenges. After they "know" a task, most attempt to improvise or modify it. This breed is generally not happy hanging around the house or backyard he needs to work -whether it be in water work, obedience, tracking, agility, or tasks around the house. Do you have an hour a day for dog activities?

The Portuguese Water Dog is a natural retriever. All puppies are mouthy but a retrieving PWD is going to use his mouth even more than most other breeds. Are you prepared for this?

The PWD is non-shedding but, like the Poodle, needs grooming every 6 -8 weeks. At least weekly, the PWD needs to have its coat thoroughly brushed, its nails trimmed and its ears/teeth cleaned. Whether you plan to learn to groom your dog or to take him to a groomer, it is a commitment of time and money.
No matter how cute they are, Portuguese Water Dogs are not for everyone.

Please contact several breeders and/or owners before purchasing your puppy. The more informed you are, the better your decision if this is the right dog for your family and lifestyle.

Breed History
The Portuguese Water Dog past and present is a working breed. The breed developed many centuries ago along the coast or Portugal and its heritage is as a seafaring working dog. The Portuguese fishermen kept this dog as a working part or their crew, and he was prized by the fishermen as a spirited, thinking yet obedient- natured dog with 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. He aided his master at sea by retrieving broken nets, herding schools of fish, and carrying messages between boats and to shore: while on land, he was a respected guard dog for the boats at night. The Portuguese Water Dog was a fisherman's loyal companion, however, modern marine technology and the radio caused the near extinction of the breed.

Portuguese Water Dogs first came to the United States in late 1960. In 1972, there were only 25 known PWDs in the world. Because of dedicated breeders, by 1981 there were 500 dogs in the United States. Today, it is estimated that there are over 9000 Portuguese Water Dogs living in the U.S.

The Portuguese Water Dog today exhibits eagerness, intensity, and strong swimming and retrieving abilities. In order to preserve these qualities and maintain for the future or the breed's natural instincts, the Portuguese Water Dog Club or America has designed a series of water work exercises which reflect the historical working background of the breed. The exercises are designed to show the dog's ability to perform a task and its willingness to do so on command.

Breed Standard
General Appearance: This highly intelligent and 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.

Height at withers
Males 20-23 inches. Ideal is 22 inches.
Weight 42 to 60 pounds
Females 1 7 -21 inches. Ideal is 19 inches.
Weight 35 to 50 pounds

Proportion: Off square, slightly longer than tall when measured from prosternum to rear most point of the buttocks, and from withers to ground.

Substance: Strong, substantial bone; well developed, neither refined nor coarse; and a solidly built, muscular body.

Unique qualities for PWDs Webbed feet, Penetrating eyes, Tail carriage, and Short lively gait with a forward striding trot.

Color: Black, white, various tones of brown; also combinations of black or brown and white. The skin is bluish. The nose, mouth and eyelids are black or brown depending on the coat color.

Temperament: An animal of spirited disposition, self- willed, brave, very resistant to fatigue, who is exceptionally intelligent and a loyal companion.

PWDCGC Information
The Portuguese Water Dog Club of Greater Chicagoland (PWDCGC) was established in April 1990 and is affiliated with the PWDCA (Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, lnc). The Chicago Club has over 100 members throughout the country with the majority in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The PWDCGC hosts a number of events throughout the year. Our annual picnic is an opportunity for our members' dogs to swim, run and play together, while their owners are free to "talk dogs". We also hold Canine Good Citizenship tests, grooming seminars, CERF clinics, conformation and obedience matches, tracking seminars, parties, agility training and water work sessions to meet the needs and wants of our members and their dogs. Shorelines, the PWDCGC bi-monthly newsletter, informs the membership of upcoming events, health issues, and accomplishments of members' dogs. The club is hosting its 9th National Water Trial next summer and was host to both the PWDCA National Specialty in October 1999 and the National Specialty in September, 2002.


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