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Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle" Compare Portuguese Water Dog and Goldendoodle. Which is better: Portuguese Water Dog or Goldendoodle?
Name Portuguese Water Dog Goldendoodle
OriginsPortugal United States Canada
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank54447
Reviews41
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Other Names Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua Curly Golden, Curly Retriever, Goldenpoo
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club The Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club International Designer Canine Registry
Price $2500-$2800 600-800

General Appearance - Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle

Size Medium Large
Weight Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg) Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg) Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Height Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm) 13-24 inches (33-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm) 18.5 inches (47 cm)

Hair & Care - Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle

Coat Curly Curly Wavy Smooth Straight
Colors White Brown Black Black Gray White Brown Red Yellow
Grooming
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
Goldendoodles shed moderately.

Characteristics - Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle

Temperament Brave Impetuous Obedient Docile Intelligent Quarrelsome Energetic Intelligent Friendly Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Average: Goldendoodle's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
The Goldendoodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Goldendoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Goldendoodles need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Goldendoodles are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Goldendoodles are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Goldendoodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Goldendoodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Portuguese Water Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Goldendoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle

Stranger Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Goldendoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Goldendoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle

Health Issues
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Persistent Pupillary Membranes Entropion Ectropion Distichiasis Cataracts Abnormally Small Eyes GM-1 Storage Disease Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy Gastrointestinal Diseases Irritable Bowel Disease (ibd) Colitis Megaesophagus Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis Lymphangiectasia Addison's Disease Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Cataracts Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No
Energy Level
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Portuguese Water Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Portuguese Water Dog vs Goldendoodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies

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