If you’re a boater, fisherman, or simply love the water, this may be the breed for you.

Vital Stats

Height: 17 to 23 inches at shoulder
Weight: 35 to 60 pounds
Coat: curly or wavy
Life span: 10 to 14 years with some reaching 16 years of age

The Portuguese Water Dog once served as crew on fishing trips, retrieving lost gear and herding fish into nets.

Today, he’s a fun-loving family companion who still retains the intelligence and love of the water (not to mention the webbed feet) that made him so valuable to his human family. Full Portuguese Water Dog profile on DogTime.com

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