Portuguese Water Spaniel

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All about the Portuguese Water Spaniel

The Portuguese Water Spaniel is an extremely loyal and water loving dog. They are a very spirited and intelligent breed that can be great fun to be around.

They are an affectionate breed that will love its family and get along great with children and other dogs and pets. Because these dogs are highly intelligent, they are relatively easy to train and may even enjoy training as they are always eager to please their owner.

They don’t make a good guard dog as they do not have a real tendency to bark and they can be friendly with strangers.

Grooming a Portuguese Water Spaniel

Hair type: Portuguese Water Dogs have a single layered coat that does not shed. Their hair can be either wavy  or curly and they often have a mixture of both wavy and curly hair.

Daily coat care: This dog breed needs regular brushing and combing. Although they generally have a short coat and don’t shed, the coat can be very curly and grow at a quick rate in some instances. If not looked after properly it will become matted and hard to care for.

Recommended groom frequency: It is recommended that a Portuguese Water Spaniel is groomed by a professional dog groomer every 4-6 weeks.

At Petmania Grooming Studios we have a full range of treatments available for your Portuguese Water Spaniel. If you get a puppy, we recommend our Puppy’s First Visit at around four months, once your puppy has received all his vaccinations.


What type of diet does this breed need?

Depending on the size and age of your Portuguese Water Spaniel, you will need to feed between 274g and 361g of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Our pet advisors in-store can help you find the most appropriate food for your dog, while you can find out more about the different dog food brands we stock here.

Activity Level

This is an active dog with great stamina. It needs daily exercise for physical and mental fulfilment which should include a long walk or jog to satisfy its instinct to migrate. They love to swim and will be most happy when allowed to exercise and play in the water. They require a lot of exercise and need to be mentally stimulated as well as physically.

Where to get a Portuguese Water Spaniel

There are lots of places offering dogs or puppies for sale in Ireland, but we would always ask that you consider adopting a dog first. Our animal rescue partners have 100’s of rescue dogs and puppies seeking a forever home and would be delighted to introduce you to them.

However, if a rescue dog is not for you, we do recommend that you choose a registered breeder and seek Irish Kennel Club registration papers which will confirm that the dog has been bred to their strict code of ethics.