A PWD's coat can be either curly or wavy. Both coat types can be groomed in one of the two acceptable clips - lion clip or retriever clip.
From the PWD breed standard approved by the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) -
Two clips are acceptable:
- Lion Clip - As soon as the coat grows long, the middle part and hindquarters, as well as the muzzle are clipped. The hair at the end of the tail is left at full length.
- Retriever Clip - In order to give a natural appearance and a smooth unbroken line, the entire coat is scissored or clipped to follow the outline of the dog, leaving a short blanket of coat no longer than one inch in length. The hair at the end of the tail is left at full length.
No discrimination will be made against the correct presentation of a dog in either Lion clip or Retriever Clip.
Below are grooming guides approved by the PWDCA: