The Portuguese Water Dog is super-smart and very talkable – which means he is easily trained and eager to please. The breed can be crafted in two styles: the retriever clip (the entire coat length is up to an with the tip of the tail across the entire length) or the more check-me-out lion clip, where the coat and snout are placed on the skin. Is pressed down.
The Portuguese Water Dog once lived all along the coast of Portugal, and was used to trap fish, tackle the lost, and act as a messenger between the ships and the coast. Fishermen counted strong and fleshy dogs to be industrious and live at sea. They will ride in a trawler from the warm Atlantic waters of Portugal to the freezing cold waters off the coast of Iceland. The technology eventually fired him from his job, but the breed is still used for water rescue.
This highly intelligent utilitarian breed is distinguished by two coat types, either curly or wavy; An impressive head of considerable width and well-proportioned mass; A rugged built, well-knit body; And a powerful, broadly based tail, galloped or purposefully used as a rudder. The Portuguese Water Dog provides an indelible impression of strength, soul and sound.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
The dense, prolific coat of the Portuguese water dog is hypoallergenic but needs to be regularly and extensively prepared. The coat is tight and curly to loose and wavy in appearance. It can be placed in a lion clip (where the coat is clipped to the skin on the hindquire and the muzzle) or the retriever clip (where the entire coat is clipped up to an in length and follows the outline of the dog) . An occasional bath, beyond regular weekly grooming, will keep the porti clean and look its best.
The Portuguese water dog is very intelligent and responds well to obedience training. He is demanding attention and human interaction, and greets friends and family with unbridled enthusiasm. The breed often thinks independently, and a portie can sometimes challenge the will of its owner. He requires positive training methods as well as daily mental and physical exercise. Sometimes parties can be too much for families with very young children.
An athletic, active breed, the Portuguese Water Dog requires vigorous exercise every day to keep her healthy and happy. This can come in the form of long daily walks and playing sessions with your boss. This highly versatile breed practices mind and body by participating in canine sports such as obedience, tracking, agility, rally, dock diving and other activities enjoyed by the dog and owner. For many enthusiasts, the most special of all training and exercise options for Porti is water work.
The Portuguese Water Dog should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Portuguese water dogs are generally healthy, and responsible breeders test their stock for health disorders and regularly communicate with other dedicated breeders, working together to preserve the health of the breed and the unique qualities of the breed. We do. Porti’s ears should be regularly checked for signs of infection using toothpaste for dogs’ infections and brushing teeth frequently.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: