Portuguese Water dogs make excellent companions. They are loving, independent, and intelligent and are easily trained in obedience and agility skills. Once introduced, they are generally friendly to strangers, and enjoy being petted, which, due to their soft, fluffy coats, is a favour that human beings willingly grant them.

PWDs are generally content in being at their master’s side, awaiting directions, and, if they are trained, they are willing and able to follow complex commands. They learn very quickly, seem to enjoy the training, and have a long memory for the names of objects. A PWD will commonly jump as a greeting. Owners may choose to limit this behavior. Some PWDs may walk, hop, or “dance” on their hind legs when greeting or otherwise enthusiastic. Some PWDs will stand upright at kitchen counters and tables, especially if they smell food above them. This habit is known as “counter surfing” and is characteristic of the breed. A PWD usually stays in proximity to its owners, both indoors and outdoors. Although very gregarious animals, these dogs will typically bond with one primary or alpha family member. Some speculate that this intense bonding arose in the breed because the dogs were selected to work in proximity to their masters on small fishing boats, unlike other working dogs such as herding dogs & water dogs that range out to perform tasks. In any case, the modern PWD, whether employed on a boat or kept as a pet or a working dog, loves water and attention and prefers to be engaged in activity within sight of a human partner. This is not a breed to be left alone for long periods of time, indoors or out

When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.

BUYER BEWARE;  Some breeders listed here may not be members of a Portuguese Water Dog Breed Club, there may be good reasons for this, but ask the question before you enter into any transaction.


CAMBRIDGESHIRE ; Gemson Jayne Johns +01945 430139 GemsonPWD@aol.com
KENT ; Austwell Cheryl & Bryn Matton +01474 352 890 pawtraitgrooming@live.co.uk
NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE ; Islekeeper Michelle Spencer +01724 798321 dogsrme@live.co.uk
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ; Winterkloud Miss S McGill +0115 9335016 winterkloud2000@yahoo.co.uk


ARIZONA; Sapphires; Arbuthnot, Carol & Roger; 480-641-3405; carolmesa@cox.net
CALIFORNIA; Skyfarer; Benninger, Ann; 650-568-6134; Redwood City pwd@benninger.com
FLORIDA; Calypso; Allingham, Lou; 772-288-2258; Stuart; calypsopwd@comcast.net
KENTUKY; Diamante; Beach, Jim; 502-548-6233; Crestwood; diamante.pwd@earthlink.net
MASSACHUSETTS; Fishtale; Araujo, Rita; 508-669-5920; Dighton; raapwds@comcast.net
NEW HAMPSHIRE; Saltydawg; Ash, Jim & Karen Kirby, Colleen; 603-845-7070; Moultonboro saltydawgpwds@gmail.com
TEXAS; Yare; Bailey, Julie; 972-317-9962; Highland Village; julie@yarepwds.com
WASHINGTON; Fisherman Bay; Linda & Duane Adams; 360-468-2728; Lopez Island fishbay@interisland.net