Portuguese Water Dogs are loyal and hard-working. Believed to be descendent of the Poodle, Porties are smart, loyal, and love to be a part of the family. While it is easy to assume that these are outdoor dogs, they actually prefer to be indoors with their family. That said, they do need daily exercise. While Portuguese Water Dogs enjoy a lot of activities, swimming is one of their favorites. After all, they were made for it. They even have webbed feet.
Porties are considered a medium to large-sized dog. Females stand as tall as 21 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. Males can be as tall as 23 inches and weigh as much as 60 pounds. One of the most recognizable features of the Portuguese Water Dog is its coat. Black is the most common color, but some are brown, both with or without white patches. Others have white coats, though these are not as common.
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