in an American Dancer's puppy?
case you are interested in a Portuguese waterdog puppy we invite you
to come by to meet us and our dogs or give us a call if you are
living abroad. That way we can get an impression of your family
situation to see if our puppies will have a good life. That way we
can also get a better understanding about what you know about- and
expect from the breed, to see if this breed fits with you. Depending
the outcome you can be put on our waiting list. We are very
protective for our puppies and bloodline.
this breed there is not only a choice between male and female, but
also coat type and potentially colour, it is difficult to say how
long the waiting list is. Potential puppy buyers express their
preferences and when the litter is born we contact the people in the
order of the list to see if they stay with their preference and/or
wait till the next litter. At the age of 6 to 7 weeks, when
something more about the character is known, WE make a judgement
which dog best fits with which new owner, taking into account as
much as possible of their preferences. Until now this
has always worked out and people are very satisfied. For example: in
a busy family with small children we won't place the most outgoing
puppy. Or for people with little or no dog experience, it requires
an easy character and not a very dominant puppy. The pups will go to
their new homes at around 9 weeks.
regard to breeding, we mainly breed for health, character and type.
We test our dogs on HD, Cardio, PRA, GM-1 and improper coat.
more information about diseases please go to the main menu and
select breed and then health)
pedigree only tells something about the purity of the line but not
always everything about the health. Only by testing hereditary
diseases can be discovered. Cardio, PRA, GM-1 and improper
coat are tested by us
using DNA tests. The hips are X-rayed. Also we
avoid riskful breedings, such as curly x curly breedings, which
potentially can produce hairloss. Furthermore we closely work with
breeders to find out as much as possible from the
bloodlines, to prevent other diseases as much as possible.
breed with both wavies and curlies and therefore most of the time we
have both hairtypes in a litter. Also we normally have different
colours, like black, black-white, white-black and brown-white.
Elsewhere on the site you can see pictures of our dogs and from a
number of litters that we have raised.
Portuguese waterdog can be a good family member together with other
animals and/or children. This is just a matter a proper
socialisation and having the puppy grow up together. Our puppies are
living with families having children, other dogs, cats, horses etc.
and this all works out very well.
regard to care, one has to think about yearly vaccinations,
deworming, flea treatment, proper food and a visit to the grooming
salon every 6 to 8 weeks.
Portuguese waterdog has a very friendly character and loves to be
close to people (wants to be your buddy). Because they are very
intelligent, they are constantly trying you out and therefore one
has to be very consistent. We highly recommend a minimum of 3
obedience courses including the puppy training. This is a small
investment in time and money, from which you will reap the fruits
when they are older. Just in daily
life or as a basis for other courses like agility or waterwork. It
takes a while before a PWD is grown up. Most of them act like a
puppy until 3 and then become a bit more quiet. If they have enough
exercise you can leave them alone for a couple of hours. This also
depends whether there are other dogs. If they are alone then you
will have to give them the exercise otherwise the dog can use up his
energy while playing with is
We work with contracts: either a pet/non
breeding contract or a show/breed contract.
includes: 1st shot, deworming, pedigree, puppy information leaflet,
puppy pack including leash, brush, food, and a toy with the mothers
smell. Before they leave they will be washed and dried and put in
the preferred model. This is already a good experience for when
visiting a grooming salon later on.
For us it
is no problem if our puppies are going to live abroad. Only we
insist for the new owner to personally pick up the puppy. It is not
just a parcel that you put in the post.!!!
a year we normally organise a beach walk for all American
Dancer’s PWDs. In case you would come to this event you can meet
not only our dogs, but also other American Dancer's dogs and their
owners and you can ask them about their experiences.
a breeder we find it very important that we always stay some kind of
mentor. That means that you can always call us for advice or with
any type of question. We also have our own e-mail list so everybody
can share his or her experience or ask questions.