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Portuguese Water Dog

 

A dog is not 'almost human' and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such. The dog can do many things which man cannot do, never could do, and never will do."
- John Holmes


Portuguese Water Dog puppy

Belouro puppy

Portuguese Water Dog adult

The Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) is an old breed originally bred in the Algarve, Portugal. A web-footed swimmer and diver, he worked alongside the fishermen helping to set nets, retrieve fishing gear, herd schools of fish, carry messages between boats, and perform guard and rescue work when necessary. 

This amazing dog is even said to be able to shinny up a rope like any other member of the crew!

Known as the "Cao de Agua" or "dog of water" in his homeland, the PWD stands up to 22 inches tall at the shoulder. The PWD's coat is thick and curly or wavy, non-shedding, and comes in black, white, shades of brown, or black or brown with white. 

Noted for his intelligence and loyalty, the Portuguese Water Dog is spirited, friendly, and obedient to his owner. Their retrieving instinct is strong, and many owners report that their dogs will often bring them a present or toy when they come home. PWDs are very attached to their owners and do not stray far from their sides, inside or out. Used to working closely with their masters, a PWD is not happy if left alone for long periods of time.

He lives to work and is easy to train. However, he is also strong and self-willed and may not be as obedient with other members of the family, especially children. As his name suggests, he loves water, and enjoys swimming regularly. Like many dogs who lost their original jobs to mechanization, the PWD was replaced as the fisherman's partner by commercial fishing equipment. As a result, by the 1970s, there were only 25 left in the world. Thanks to dedicated attention by breeders to selective breeding programs, these wonderful companions have made a comeback, and there are now more than 10,000 registered in the USA alone.

An active working breed with exceptional stamina, the PWD needs regular exercise including walks, swimming, and off-leash running. A home with a fenced yard is essential. The Portuguese Water Dog enjoys obedience training and should be placed in training and socialized from an early age. He makes an excellent watch and guard dog as he can be territorial and has a loud and distinctive bark.

 
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Gillian and Frank Goldschmidt, Belouro Kennel Reg'd
Ontario 




British Columbia

Kennel/Website

Valerie Berry
8925 Cedar Street
Mission, BC  V4S 1A3
(604) 820-9553
Email:
tanaki@shaw.ca

Tanaki


Marcela Hatalova
1971 150 Street
Surrey, BC  V4A 6R7
(604) 536-0304 
Email:
wildbunch@telus.net  
Wild Bunch Portuguese

Sue Hopkins
45983 Ivy Avenue
Chilliwack, BC  V2R 2C5
(604) 824-9948
Email:
suehopkins@telus.net

Chulsa


Mavis McClintock
5080 Lone Road
Duncan, BC   V9L 6S8
(250) 746-7695
Email:
samador@shaw.ca

Samador Kennels



Alberta 

Kennel/Website

Brenda Brown
RR 5
Wetaskiwin, AB   T9A 1X2
(780) 361-0070
Email:
baywooddogs@gmail.com

Baywood


Petro Haring
Box 307
Okotoks, AB  T1S 1A6
(403) 995-2292
Email:
haringp@telus.net

Sandstone


Lesley Millar
724 Luxstone Landing SW
Airdrie, AB  T4B 3L1
(403) 420-1418
Email:
lesley@acostarpwds.com

Acostar


Dana Tole
56 Ranchview Way, NE
Medicine Hat, AB   T1C 0G5 
(403) 526-8382 
Email:
dmmtole@gmail.com

Portuguese Water Dog
Aveiro



Saskatchewan

Kennel/Website

Shirley Kannenberg
1314 Spadina Street West
Moose Jaw, SK   S6H 7E5
(306) 694-5889
Email:
kannbe@shaw.ca

Kannbe Kennels



Ontario 

Kennel/Website

Sandra Allen
5 Gutzman Rd.
Petawawa, ON   K8H 3H3
(613) 687-2572
Email:  
riverwaves2014@outlook.com 

RiverWaves


Fran Archambault
5223 Trafalgar Road
Erin, ON   N0B 1T0
(519) 833-2552
Email:
massieraf@sympatico.ca

Portside Reg'd


Lynne Benson
2867 Muskoka Road 118 West
Port Carling, ON    P0B 1J0
(416) 315-9962
Email: 
lyngarkennel@gmail.com

*Puppies due October 16, 2014*

*Member in good standing of the CKC, PWDCC, and AKC and PWDCA

Lyngar Reg'd


Cindy and Henri Berube
4249 Flitter Court
Mississauga, ON  L5L 2J5
(905) 820-3139
Email:
charbr@rogers.com

*Member PWDCA and Breeder Member PWDCC

Charbr


Roslyn Eskind
52 Balmoral Avenue
Toronto, ON   M4V 1J4
(416) 580-4395
Email:
roslyn@seaburypwd.com

*Former President, VP, Secretary/Treasurer of the PWDCC. 

Committed to producing healthy, sound PWDs

Seabury Reg'd PWDS


Charlotte Etue & Lawrie Eubank
63 Handorf Drive
Cambridge, ON  N3C 3Y3
(519) 651-3441
Email:
skipnstone@gmail.com

Skippingstone


Gillian and Frank Goldschmidt
10 Forestwood Lane, RR#1
Hawkestone, ON   L0L 1T0
(705) 329-1299
Email:
belouro@rogers.com

*Belouro® est 1995
Puppies WINTER 2013, SPRING 2014

Dedicated breeding from sound, fully 
Health Tested & Champion parents. Puppy guarentee.

Portuguese Water Dogs
Belouro Kennel Reg'd


Cathy Gonzalez
350 Godolphin Road
Warkworth, ON   K0K 3K0
(705) 924-2509 
Email:
c_reg_4@hotmail.com 

Portuguese Water Dogs at Ricelake


Deirdre Hall
81 Lake Woods Drive
Stouffville, ON  L4A 1P1
(905) 642-0795
Email:
deirdre@fadopwd.com

Portuguese Water Dog
Fado Reg'd


Pamela Headon
5819 Wellington Road
Guelph, ON   N1H 6J2
( 519) 827-0950  
Email:
pam@portuguesewaterdogs.ca

Portuguese Water Dog puppy
Willowcreek Waterdogs


Carolynne Issa
88 Shadeland Court
Cambridge, ON   N1T 1V2
(519) 267-4619
Email: 
lunanovapwds@rogers.com

Portuguese Water Dogs
Luna Nova


Linda Kennedy
2297 Drummond Line
Peterborough, ON  K9J 6X8
(705) 742-8111
Email:
kamolotkennels@gmail.com

Portuguese Water Dog puppy
Kamolot Kennels


Kristiane Kortun
1255 Larmer Line 
Millbrook,  ON  K0L 1V0
(905) 809-6301
Email:
kortunkennels@gmail.com

Kortun Kennels


Neil and Anna Kyessi
890 Concession Road 1
Chute-a-Blondeau, ON  K0B 1B0
(613) 674-5580
Email:
neilmacduff@sympatico.ca

Kyessiline Kennels


Sharon Lapstra
2230 Herrgott Road
St. Clements, ON  N0B 2M0
(519) 699-4770
Email:
sharon.lapstra@rogers.com

Keeva Bay Reg'd


Karen Matthews
1642 Barron Road
Allanburg, ON  L0S 1A0
(905) 680-4594
Email:
dmatthews28@cogeco.ca

Ridgehaven


Kim Rivard
517 Balsam Street South
Timmins, ON   P4N 2E9
(705) 264-0905
Email: 
krivardpwd@hotmail.com   

Northern Treasure


Steve and Cathie Sockett
RR#3
Orillia, ON  L3V 6H3
(705) 329-1482
Email:
ondulado@outlook.com

Ondulado Reg'd


Janice Starr
182 Pearson Road
Welland, ON  L3B 5M4
(905) 788-1605
Email:
star.pwd@sympatico.ca

Star Kennels

 


Mari Szauerzopf
RR#1
Moffat (Milton/Guelph), ON  L0P 1J0
(519) 824-3133
Email:
mari@drewsar.com

Drewsar Perm Reg'd


Eden and Jim Veres
6877 Johnson Wagon Crescent
Mississauga, ON  L5W 1B2
(905) 565-7410
Email:
edenveres@rogers.com

Olympus Reg'd

 

 

Quebec

Kennel/Website

Manon Bousquet
1047 Rang du Bassin
St-Bonaventure, QC   J0C 1C0
(819) 396-1848
Email:
manon@pwdcc.org

Massillon


Chantal Corbeil
281 Champoux
Ste-Mélanie, QC  J0K 3A0
(450) 803-4559
Email: 
chantal@splashwaterdogs.com

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Rescue

Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada Rescue

Lorraine Wilson
20 Gallacher Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON
   L4E 2Y2
647-618-4737
lorraine@pwdcc.org

 

Did you know?


Portuguese Water Dogs have a multi-octave voice. 
They have a wide range of barks and sighs. 

PWDs also have an audible "laugh," a loud, irregular, breathy pant used at play or during greetings.

 

 


Nova Scotia

Kennel/Website

Sharlene Krupp
3005 Grand Mira North
Marion Bridge, NS   B1K 1B7
(902) 727-2945
Email:
sharmink@ns.sympatico.ca

Sharmink

 

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