Is a Portuguese Water Dog a good family dog?

The Portuguese water dog, or Portie, is known for being a wonderful pet for active families. These dogs are highly trainable, friendly with children and other animals, and very energetic.

Is a Portuguese Water Dog intelligent?

Water dogs are highly intelligent and need activities to keep them occupied to prevent destructive behavior such as chewing and digging. They need to be kept in a large, fenced-in backyard to prevent them from roaming. Water dogs are very smart and independent.

Can a Portuguese Water Dog be left alone?

Time alone is difficult for the family-loving Portuguese Water Dog. While they may be left alone for four to six hours during the day, this social breed may become destructive if not provided enough attention or exercise. Crate training may be necessary to prevent destructive behaviors.

How do I identify a Portuguese Water Dog?

Portuguese Water Dogs have medium-sized eyes that are set well and a little obliquely apart. The eyes should not be prominent or sunken, and they should appear roundish in shape. The eyes are either black or various brown shades in color. Examine the dog’s tail.