PWD Health Considerations

Portuguese water dog pup!

Portuguese Water Dogs are generally robust and healthy dogs, and quality breeders work hard to select for the healthiest dogs possible. Even then, like all dog breeds, there are some genetic issues that can arise in PWD’s.

Conscientious and reputable breeders will be doing standard tests recommended for PWDs. Be sure that health is something that you inquire about, asking to see the results for both parents of your new pup – it is more important or at least as important as other things like personality, type of coat and hair colour.

The Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada is an excellent resource for further information on the health testing recommended.