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Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog Dog Breed

Aliases: Portuguese Water Dog

Life Span: 10 to 15 years
Litter Size: 4 to 8 puppies
Group: Gun Dog, AKC working class dogs
Color: As a beautiful dog, you will first notice the Portuguese Water Dog\'s coat which is an amazing black in most dogs. You can find these dogs in white and brown as well, but those coats are much harder to locate. Some are multi colored dogs. Those are generally white and will have darker spots over their body.
Hair Length: Medium
Size: Medium
Shedding: Lite Shed
Male Height: 20 to 22 inches
Male Weight: 40 to 55 pounds
Female Height: 17 to 20 inches
Female Weight: 35 to 50 pounds
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Thyroid Disease - Low Risk

The Portuguese Water Dog ranks #78 among all breeds for autoimmune thyroiditis prevalence. This is considered a low risk breed so your chances of obtaining a dog with the disease is small. It is still suggested that dogs meant for breeding still be tested to help bring the incidence of disease even lower (or even eliminate it). 

 Rank Among Breeds  Number of Dogs Tested  Percent of Dogs With Disease
 #78  644  4.8%

You can download the full report (on all breeds) by the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. Here

Other Health Problems

The Portuguese Water Dog is a dog that is a fairly healthy animal. They are not usually problems in terms of life long illness but that is due to the type of care that they are given by their owners, too. Your dog should visit the vet yearly, get the vaccines that he needs and be cared for in terms of grooming by you.

Some of these dogs are known to get hip dysplasia and PRA. Keeping your dog healthy can be done by giving them the exercise that they need to stay healthy. With a good diet, they are likely to avoid many of the common ailments that their breed can face.

If you are having your Portuguese Water Dog breed, do take the time to have the breeding stock tested for the condition known as GM-1 Storage Disease. Some of these lines of dogs will have this condition even though it is unknown until they are six months of age. This disease in particular is one that will damage nerves and is a fatal condition. Generally, it does not present itself until it is too late for the puppy.