Find a Puppy

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Advice and guidance on finding a Puppy

So you want to buy a Portuguese Water Dog Puppy (PWD)?


To find that perfect puppy you need to find the right breeder for you. There are many types of breeder out there and often the reasons for breeding will determine the quality of puppy you are going to get.

People breed for many reasons :-


Kennel Club Assured Breeder – The Assured Breeder Scheme is designed to promote good breeding practice and help prospective purchasers to identify those breeders who breed responsibly, with the health of the dogs and puppies a priority, and who take care in ensuring that their puppies go to suitable caring owners.

Show breeder – Breeds for the next generation of show dog, may also be part of the assured breeder scheme. Will care very much about breed standard and conformation.

Pet breeder – breeds to supply puppies as pets.

A one off litter, breeder.  breeding from their pet  – often has just one litter because they want the experience.

Backyard breeder – breeds puppies purely for money.

Puppy Farmer –breeding dogs is a business and often done on a mass scale purely for money rather than welfare


Choosing a breeder


Choosing the right and a reputable breeder is essential and the only way you will find that breeder is to be armed with the right information. This is not an overnight purchase.


  • Do your research, Contact the breeder, Ring /email and it is essential you arrange a visit.

  • Make sure they Follow recommended breeding guidelines

  • They make use of health screening schemes, such as testing for hip problems and eye conditions, which will help owners to predict the future health of their puppy

  • Ensure the puppy is seen with its mother, to give an indication of how the puppy is likely to turn out

  • Be prepared to answer your questions about the breed

  • Give new owners written information regarding the socialisation and training of the puppy

  • Be there as a point of contact throughout the puppy's life to ensure that the dog and owner have a happy and fulfilling relationship

  • If a breeder doesn't follow these guidelines and if the puppies do not appear happy and are not kept in good conditions, then look elsewhere

So how do you go about looking for a puppy?


  • Each year the Kennel club puts on Crufts and Discover dogs which gives potential new owners the opportunity to meet breeders/ owners and see dogs close up. This will give you the opportunity to quiz/discuss and really explore if this is the breed for you or your family.


What should you expect from your breeder


  • Health Testing  and availability of certification for both sire and Dam

  • Happy ,clean and healthy dogs and puppies reared in a suitable environment

  • A reason why the litter has been bred

  • Will the puppies be KC registered

  • Have they got permission to breed from their bitch

  • The breeder has vaccination and worming records for puppies and adult dogs for inspection.

  • A breeders /puppy information pack

  • Puppies are micro chipped prior to them leaving for their new home , This is now a legal requirement.

  • The puppies are health checked by the breeders vet before leaving and by your vet

  • The breeder only sells with a contract of sale.

  • The breeder would always take a dog back for re-homing

  • No deposit is taken before you have all met in person at the breeders house

  • You will meet the puppies with the mother and be able to interact with them all

  • The breeder is happy to show you their other dogs

  • The breeder would have no objection to you going away and thinking about it before you commit to a deposit.

  • There should be a minimum of 2 visits to the breeder, the first to meet and get to know each other.

  • Never buy a puppy and take it home on a one visit basis.

  • A breeder will ask a lot of questions and sometimes you may find them awkward but the breeder is helping you achieve yours and their goal in finding  the right home.

  • Your breeder should be available at anytime in your dogs life for advice and help.


The list could and really should be endless, remember there are never silly questions, any good breeder will be happy to answer everything.


So what are health tests?


The PWD does have a number of hereditary health problems, however we also have a lot of DNA tests which if used will mean no puppies will be affected. DNA tests available are:


Prcd-PRA – this is a late onset degenerative disease which will cause blindness

EOPRA – this is a early on set degenerative disease which will cause blindness

JDCM – this is a heart defect that can cause death

GM1 – GM1 gangliosidosis is an inherited lysosomal storage disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord leading to premature death.

IC13 – is for incorrect coat, it does not affect the health of the dog

Micropthalmia- is a eye growth defect and can be linked to sick and unhealthy pups


There is also

Addison’s disease which can be a killer and at present has no reliable way of diagnosing it prior to clinical symptoms.

Follicular Dysplasia- hair growth problems which can cause baldness and skin problems, a test is available once clinical signs are noticed

Physical health tests which can be used are:


Hip Scores

Elbow Scores

Yearly Eye Exam

There is a lot of research gone into all of these and a look at the BVA website will help you understand the results. But any breeder would be more than happy to talk to you about results of their dogs.


All of the above health tests are available and easily accessible none of them are compulsory and only prcd-PRA and GM1 are recommended by the Kennel Club, however the reason for having them is to breed healthier puppies , surely any good breeders priority.


The last piece of advice is, ask as many questions as you want, if you don’t get the answer keep asking, don’t be fobbed off with an answer that doesn’t answer the question and never buy a puppy because you feel sorry for where it lives, unscrupulous breeders rely on our good hearts to make money and continue the suffering of other dogs.