– AKC breed popularity: 49
– Height: 20-23 inches (male), 17-21 inches (female)
– Weight: 42-60 pounds (male), 35-50 pounds (female)
– Life expectancy: 11-13 years
– Group: working group
This curly, medium-sized breed was bred to be the fishermen’s “Swiss Army Knife” dog: forcing fish into nets, swimming news to shore, retrieving lost gear, and more. Today, the extremely intelligent and trainable dogs with their hypoallergenic, curly black hair are popular pets. During their stay at the White House, the Obamas adopted two Portuguese water dogs named Bo and Sunny, who appeared to be very good first dogs.
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