"Channeling the stamina, intelligence and exuberance of the dynamic Portuguese Water Dog is a highly rewarding, although noteworthy challenge for any dog fancier." Karen Miller-Stebbings
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." Unknown
"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails." Max Eastman
"The Portuguese Water Dog is an animal of spirited disposition: self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue. He is a dog of exceptional intelligence and a loyal companion, who obeys his master with facility and apparent pleasure." Kathryn Braund
"I am a breeder, and there will be more dogs at my funeral than people. I hope!" Joanna Kimball
"Every puppy should have a boy." Erma Bombeck
"A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied." Irish Proverb
"The dog has the soul of a philosopher." Plato
"Exceptionally intelligent and a loyal companion, he does his job with facility and obvious pleasure" CKC
"An animal of spirited disposition, he is self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue" CKC
"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." Roger Caras
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson
"A watchdog is a dog kept to guard your home, usually by sleeping where a burglar would awaken the household by falling over him!" Unknown
"If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to go home and examine your conscience." Woodrow Wilson
"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of is tail." Unknown
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." Andy Rooney
"A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge." Saint Xanthais
"He displays a proud carriage, and a light happy attitude." CKC
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog." George Graham Vest
"When you tire of puppies ... you tire of life!" Unknown
"His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears." Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am." Unknown
"Once known to a Portuguese Water Dog, expect a raucous welcome, with an offering of a favourite toy, accompanied by a cacophony of extraordinary sounds." Karen Miller-Stebbings
"He bonds readily and is loyal to his crewmates." Karen Miller-Stebbings
"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." Agnes Sligh Turnbull
"Make a special point everyday, of teaching your dog how to sit and stay. He will share your laughter and your tears, and always be faithful through the years." Unknown
"Never be mean, Don't ever be cruel. He'll always be happy to play the fool. Remember he loves you, with all of his might. So stroke and caress him every night." Unknown
"He has a hard, penetrating and attentive expression, splendid sight and a fair nose." CKC
"Love me, love my dog." George Chapman
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man." Mark Twain
"The Portuguese Water Dog is defined by his job" CKC
"The greatest love is a mother's, Then comes a dog's..." Polish Proverb
"The robustness and high spirit of this fisherman's dog must be understood as natural exuberance." Karen Miller-Stebbings
"From his impressive head with piercing gaze through a rugged body to his powerful tail carried up in a ring with its characteristic flowing flag, he presents an indelible impression of strength, spirit and soundness" CKC
"Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolance, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices." John Cam Hobhouse
"The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end." George Crabbe
"If your dog is too fat, you are not getting enough exercise." Unknown
"A dog can express more with his eyes in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours." Unknown
"The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them." Stanley Coren
"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why." Unknown
"If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also." Russian Proverb
"His name is not the wild dog anymore, but the first friend, Because he will be our friend for always and always and always." Rudyard Kipling
"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog treats in your pocket and then giving your Portuguese Water Dog only two of them." Unknown
"The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be." Konrad Lorenz
"Here, gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity." Napoleon Bonaparte
"The joy, the solace, and aid of man..." George Crabbe
"To err is human, to forgive, canine." Unknown
"A dog is not 'almost human' and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such." John Holmes
"They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell." Emily Dickinson
"Every dog must have his day." Jonathan Swift
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." Roger Caras
Our goal is to place all our puppies in Forever Homes where people understand the amount of time and commitment it takes to raise a well-behaved, well-socialized dog.
Luna Nova pups are CKC registered, are implanted with CKC-issued serial coded microchips, are de-wormed, have first vaccines, dew claws removed, and are thouroughly examined and found to be healthy by a veterinarian before going to their forever homes. They are sent home with a food sample, a favourite toy, a familiar-smelling blanket and a 6-week trial of free pet insurance.
All puppy families are provided with a package that includes copies of all health clearances, achievements and pedigrees for both sire and dam, general information, and photos/videos of the puppies' first 9 weeks of life at LunaNova.
This will include a written comprehensive lifetime guarantee that the dog will not be afflicted with GM-1, PRA, JDCM, or ImproperCoat; and a 2 year guarantee against hip dysplasia or any other inherited illness or condition.
We also provide families with a new puppy reference guide specific to PWDs, and most importantly, we are seriously committed to giving all of our puppy families a lifetime of support.
All our Portuguese Water Dogs puppies are placed as pets/companions and on a non-breeding contract with LunaNova Kennels and with the CKC.
For centuries, this seafaring breed existed everywhere along the coast of Portugal and is considered a purely Portuguese breed. Owing to modifications in the fishing systems used, the breed has become restricted to the province of Algarve which should be considered its home. It was prized by fishermen for its spirited yet obedient nature and a robust, medium build that allowed for a full day's work in and out of the water.
The Portuguese Water Dog is an athletic swimmer and diver of exceptional ability and stamina. He aided his master at sea by retrieving gear and broken nets, herding schools of fish and carrying messages between boats and to the shore.
For more thorough information on the origin of the Portuguese Water Dog, please refer to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada.
The Portuguese Water Dog is defined by his job. He has a hard, penetrating and attentive expression, splendid sight and a fair nose. Slightly longer than tall, he is a medium-sized, sturdy, athletic swimming dog with webbed feet, short neck, and a wavy or curly coat to protect him from the elements, whether in the water or on land. From his impressive head with piercing gaze through a rugged body to his powerful tail carried up in a ring with its characteristic flowing flag, he presents an indelible impression of strength, spirit and soundness.
An animal of spirited disposition he is self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue. Exceptionally intelligent and a loyal companion, he does his job with facility and obvious pleasure.
From the General Appearance of the Portuguese Water Dog - Canadian Kennel Club - Official Breed Standards, 2010
People looking for a purebred dog should educate themselves about all aspects of the breed in which they are interested. Portuguese Water Dog breeders believe strongly that good health in dogs can only be maintained by the open discussion of health concerns. Good breeders should be happy to discuss these issues with you. The Portuguese Water Dog is overall a very healthy, robust, family companion. But as in humans, and certainly all breeds of dogs, there are some health problems.
To learn more about the health of Portuguese Water Dogs, visit: http://pwdcc.org/PWDCC/index.php/health
No one can predict or guarantee the lifespan of a dog or if it will have a genetic problem, so to ask a breeder to make such a prediction is unrealistic. However, you can depend on us, at LunaNova, to do everything in our power, and use all means available, to breed healthy litters. For additional health information on the Portuguese Water Dog, please refer to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada's website.
For a more comprehensive outline of the breed standard for the Portuguese Water Dog, please refer to this document from the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
These costs are based on stores I shop at and my vet's costs for 2015. All prices are in CAD.
|$100-300||toys, treats, leash, tags, beds, grooming supplies, etc. (some people are even more extravagant than others! You can look for a crate on Kijiji for less, but make sure to wash it out well with a dishsoap/bleach mixture)|
|$60-80||for 35lbs of kibble which will last 2 months (and less time as the dog grows and eats more)|
|$65-100||Each time the dog is groomed. It will need this every 6-10 weeks (depending on how much maintenance you do at home).|
|$180||7 weeks of puppy classes|
first year vet costs:
|$100||per year for routine vet costs|
|$80||per exam for a sick/injured dog, and then whatever the cost to fix the problem (emergency vet clinics are much more expensive)|
|$85-100||every two months for grooming|
|$60-80||per month for food|
|$200||per year for flea/heartworm|
|+||plus whatever you choose to spend on toys, treats, and supplies and whether you continue training at classes and/or get into any type of obedience, rally, water, show competitions|