I have been a pet lover and owner most of my life. I was introduced to the Portuguese Water Dog (PWD), by my mother-in-law, Sharlene Krupp, in 2003. She has been breeding for over forty years. She surprised me with my first female PWD Faro. I was hesitant to get involved in the ownership/breeding part, as my children were under ten years at that time. I was concerned about the breed being family friendly. Well, I never looked back!
I have been involved with the breed for many years now and I would never consider going with any other. They are the most affectionate, spirited and generally fun-loving breed I know. I sometimes wonder if they are human. I have expanded my kennel since those early days, but still keep it small and personable.
We are a family of five, residing in the beautiful town of Saint Lazare, Quebec. My litters are sparse and are always raised in my family/living room year around. My children have been raised with puppies constantly surrounding them. They are very popular, especially when I have litters at home! My two adult PWDs are an integral part of our family and home environment and we involve them in our daily lives and routine.
THE HISTORY OF THE PORTUGUESE WATER DOG
Origin and Purpose
For centuries, this seafaring breed existed everywhere along the coast of Portugal and is considered a purely Portuguese breed. Owing to modifications in the fishing systems used, the breed has become restricted to the province of Algarve which should be considered its home. It was prized by fishermen for its spirited yet obedient nature and a robust, medium-sized build that allowed for a full day's work in and out of the water. The Portuguese Water Dog is an athletic swimmer and diver of exceptional ability and stamina. He aided his master at sea by retrieving gear and broken nets, herding schools of fish and carrying messages between boats and to the shore.
The Portuguese Water Dog is defined by his job. He has a hard, penetrating and attentive expression, splendid sight and a fair nose. Slightly longer than tall, he is a medium-sized, sturdy, athletic swimming dog with webbed feet, short neck, and a wavy or curly coat to protect him from the elements, whether in the water or on land. From his impressive head with piercing gaze through a rugged body to his powerful tail carried up in a ring with its characteristic flowing flag, he presents an indelible impression of strength, spirit and soundness.
An animal of spirited disposition he is self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue. Exceptionally intelligent and a loyal companion, he does his job with facility and obvious pleasure.
Height at the withers: Males - 20 to 23 inches; the ideal is 22 inches. Females - 17 to 21 inches; the ideal is 19 inches. Weight for males - 42 to 60 pounds; for females - 35 to 50 pounds.