Portuguese Water Dog Breed Maintenance
This breed will do best in homes with large and fenced in back yards that will allow them to play safely. However, they can adapt well to any home, including apartment life, as long as they do get enough exercise. This can be jogging, a long walk, going for a swim, playing fetch or any other forms of activity that will take between 30 minutes to an hour each day. It is important for your Portuguese Water Dog to get enough activity time, as they can become destructive if their energy does not get used. They do like to chew, and should have access to several chew toys, otherwise they could decide on their own what can be chewed on. They should be fed twice a day, and should get a daily amount of 2.5 to 3.5 cups. Your pet should be combed or brushed two to three times every week to prevent tangles, and the fur should be trimmed monthly. If your dog goes swimming often, they will need to be rinsed off with fresh water in order to remove any damaging chemicals. It is also important to properly dry off the ears after bathing and swimming, as damp ears can develop infections. Your dog’s teeth should be brushed two or three times in a week, but every day is best. Nail trimmings should be done once or twice a month.