2018 PWD Puppies Available / Expected

We do not have any PWD puppies available, nor do we expect to in the near future.

Choosing a Breed

We strongly encourage anyone thinking about purchasing a Portuguese Water Dog to thoroughly educate themselves about the breed and to meet one or more PWDs in person. 
  • PWD Information:
    The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) web site is a great source of information about the breed. A good place to start is: "So you think you want a Portuguese Water Dog".
  • Meet some PWDs in person:
    To find out about meet and greet opportunities we suggest that you contact a nearby Regional PWD Club

Choosing a Breeder

There are many considerations that go into the selection of a breeder - location, personality, the dogs they have, and more. We would like to mention a factor that we, and all other reputable breeders, consider extremely important:

Does the breeder do all PWDCA recommended health testing on their dogs and breed only those whose health test results make them suitable for breeding. Just as important, does the breeder choose mates for their dogs that have all their health testing with test results which make them compatible. Some breeders claim they do health testing on their dogs but really just do just some of the testing.

Below are the PWDCA recommended health tests & results for a breeding pair. A breeder should have done ALL of these tests on the dog they are breeding and selected a mate that has ALL of these tests and whose results make them compatible.
  • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) Hip Evaluation (Normal: Fair, Good, or Excellent)
    - Both Sire and Dam
  • GM-1 Storage Disease (Gangliosidosis)
    - One Parent testing normal (non-carrier) or DNA parentage clear program
  • Current ECR (CAER) Eye (normal) or CERF Normal (up to 120 months). "Current" means the test was done within a year of the dog being bred.
    - Both Sire and Dam
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA)
    - Both Sire and Dam tested or DNA parentage clear program. One parent must test normal (non-carrier)
  • Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy (JDCM)
    - One Parent testing normal (non-carrier) or DNA parentage clear program
  • ** Beginning in 2018
    Early Onset Progressive Retinal Atrophy (EOPRA)
    - One Parent testing normal (non-carrier)

Please reference this page for information regarding why these tests are so important to the health of the puppies produced by a breeding pair.

Most breeders submit their dogs' health test results to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the results will then be listed in the OFA database. In any case, a prospective PWD owner should not hesitate to ask the breeder for documentation of the above health test results for the dam and sire of their planned/available litter of puppies - prior to committing to a puppy from that breeder's litter.

Unless we've met you, we don't provide referrals to specific PWD breeders. We suggest that you visit the PWDCA Breeder Referral page for a list of breeders who do all of the national club's recommended health testing on the dogs they breed.


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