The Portuguese Water Dog, well, the name says it all! Originally from Portugal, this beautiful dog worked in the water and helped fisherman. They would deliver messages between boats, direct fish into nets, and retrieve objects in the water. It's safe to say, Porties, as they're nicknamed, love swimming! You will still find them splashing in the water these days, but also in the homes of loving families. The Portie is an affectionate and loving breed that makes a great family companion. They are adaptable to many living situations as long as they get enough mental and physical stimulation. Portuguese Water Dogs are best suited in an adventurous family, especially one who lives on the lake, near a beach, or with a swimming pool. Don't get me wrong, swimming isn't their only talent. As quick learners, they can thrive at whatever they're trained to do: agility, obedience, therapy, tracking and retrieving. Whichever it is, this active and athletic breed needs exercise and plenty of it! With enough movement and proper training there's very little a Portie can't do. This curly cutie is an excellent choice for people with allergies or who simply don't like shedding. Perhaps one of their most desirable characteristics is their hypoallergenic coat. Affectionate and loyal, fun-loving and hard working, and down right adorable, the Portuguese Water Dog is the packaged deal!
Daily kibble serving
Porties aren't picky when it comes to their food. In fact, as a natural retriever, they will put just about anything in their mouth. This medium breed does best with high-quality kibble. The recommended daily amount is 2.5 - 3.5 cups a day, divided into two meals. Since Porties are so active, it's important to feed them a balanced diet to give them lots of energy. Look for products that have meat based protein, whole veggies, fruit, and healthy carbs and fats. Treats are an important part of training your dog, but be cautious not too many! Overfeeding your Portie may lead to obesity.