- 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 fisherman’s “Swiss Army knife” dog: forcing fish into nets, swimming messages to the shore, retrieving lost gear, and more. Today, the extremely intelligent and trainable dogs, with their hypoallergenic curly black hair, have become popular house pets. While in the White House, the Obamas adopted two Portuguese water dogs named Bo and Sunny who by all accounts were very good First Dogs.
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