"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man." Mark Twain

"If your dog is too fat, you are not getting enough exercise." Unknown

"An animal of spirited disposition, he is self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue" CKC

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am." Unknown

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." Roger Caras

"To err is human, to forgive, canine." Unknown

"The Portuguese Water Dog is defined by his job" CKC

"If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also." Russian Proverb

"From his impressive head with piercing gaze through a rugged body to his powerful tail carried up in a ring with its characteristic flowing flag, he presents an indelible impression of strength, spirit and soundness" CKC

"Exceptionally intelligent and a loyal companion, he does his job with facility and obvious pleasure" CKC

"Make a special point everyday, of teaching your dog how to sit and stay. He will share your laughter and your tears, and always be faithful through the years." Unknown

"If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to go home and examine your conscience." Woodrow Wilson

"The dog has the soul of a philosopher." Plato

"Once known to a Portuguese Water Dog, expect a raucous welcome, with an offering of a favourite toy, accompanied by a cacophony of extraordinary sounds." Karen Miller-Stebbings

"The greatest love is a mother's, Then comes a dog's..." Polish Proverb

"Here, gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity." Napoleon Bonaparte

"When you tire of puppies ... you tire of life!" Unknown

"The robustness and high spirit of this fisherman's dog must be understood as natural exuberance." Karen Miller-Stebbings

"Love me, love my dog." George Chapman

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." Unknown

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." Agnes Sligh Turnbull

"The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end." George Crabbe

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." Roger Caras

"A dog is not 'almost human' and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such." John Holmes

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog." George Graham Vest

"His name is not the wild dog anymore, but the first friend, Because he will be our friend for always and always and always." Rudyard Kipling

"They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell." Emily Dickinson

"The Portuguese Water Dog is an animal of spirited disposition: self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue. He is a dog of exceptional intelligence and a loyal companion, who obeys his master with facility and apparent pleasure." Kathryn Braund

"Never be mean, Don't ever be cruel. He'll always be happy to play the fool. Remember he loves you, with all of his might. So stroke and caress him every night." Unknown

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why." Unknown

"Every puppy should have a boy." Erma Bombeck

"Every dog must have his day." Jonathan Swift

"Channeling the stamina, intelligence and exuberance of the dynamic Portuguese Water Dog is a highly rewarding, although noteworthy challenge for any dog fancier." Karen Miller-Stebbings

"His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears." Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be." Konrad Lorenz

"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails." Max Eastman

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." Andy Rooney

"A dog is better than I am, for he has love and does not judge." Saint Xanthais

"A watchdog is a dog kept to guard your home, usually by sleeping where a burglar would awaken the household by falling over him!" Unknown

"I am a breeder, and there will be more dogs at my funeral than people. I hope!" Joanna Kimball

"The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them." Stanley Coren

"The joy, the solace, and aid of man..." George Crabbe

"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of is tail." Unknown

"He displays a proud carriage, and a light happy attitude." CKC

"A dog can express more with his eyes in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours." Unknown

"He bonds readily and is loyal to his crewmates." Karen Miller-Stebbings

"A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied." Irish Proverb

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog treats in your pocket and then giving your Portuguese Water Dog only two of them." Unknown

"He has a hard, penetrating and attentive expression, splendid sight and a fair nose." CKC

"Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolance, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices." John Cam Hobhouse

Our goal is to place all our puppies in Forever Homes where people understand the amount of time and commitment it takes to raise a well-behaved, well-socialized dog.

The Dogs

Luna Nova pups are CKC registered, are implanted with CKC-issued serial coded microchips, are de-wormed, have first vaccines, dew claws removed, and are thouroughly examined and found to be healthy by a veterinarian before going to their forever homes. They are sent home with a food sample, a favourite toy, a familiar-smelling blanket and a 6-week trial of free pet insurance.

All puppy families are provided with a package that includes copies of all health clearances, achievements and pedigrees for both sire and dam, general information, and photos/videos of the puppies' first 9 weeks of life at LunaNova.

This will include a written comprehensive lifetime guarantee that the dog will not be afflicted with GM-1, PRA, JDCM, or ImproperCoat; and a 2 year guarantee against hip dysplasia or any other inherited illness or condition.

We also provide families with a new puppy reference guide specific to PWDs, and most importantly, we are seriously committed to giving all of our puppy families a lifetime of support.

All our Portuguese Water Dogs puppies are placed as pets/companions and on a non-breeding contract with LunaNova Kennels and with the CKC.

LunaNova is a member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and The Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada in good standing.

About Portuguese Water Dogs

Origin & Purpose of Portuguese Water Dogs

For centuries, this seafaring breed existed everywhere along the coast of Portugal and is considered a purely Portuguese breed. Owing to modifications in the fishing systems used, the breed has become restricted to the province of Algarve which should be considered its home. It was prized by fishermen for its spirited yet obedient nature and a robust, medium build that allowed for a full day's work in and out of the water.

The Portuguese Water Dog is an athletic swimmer and diver of exceptional ability and stamina. He aided his master at sea by retrieving gear and broken nets, herding schools of fish and carrying messages between boats and to the shore.

For more thorough information on the origin of the Portuguese Water Dog, please refer to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada.

General Appearance

The Portuguese Water Dog is defined by his job. He has a hard, penetrating and attentive expression, splendid sight and a fair nose. Slightly longer than tall, he is a medium-sized, sturdy, athletic swimming dog with webbed feet, short neck, and a wavy or curly coat to protect him from the elements, whether in the water or on land. From his impressive head with piercing gaze through a rugged body to his powerful tail carried up in a ring with its characteristic flowing flag, he presents an indelible impression of strength, spirit and soundness.


An animal of spirited disposition he is self-willed, brave and very resistant to fatigue. Exceptionally intelligent and a loyal companion, he does his job with facility and obvious pleasure.

From the General Appearance of the Portuguese Water Dog - Canadian Kennel Club - Official Breed Standards, 2010

Health Issues

People looking for a purebred dog should educate themselves about all aspects of the breed in which they are interested. Portuguese Water Dog breeders believe strongly that good health in dogs can only be maintained by the open discussion of health concerns. Good breeders should be happy to discuss these issues with you. The Portuguese Water Dog is overall a very healthy, robust, family companion. But as in humans, and certainly all breeds of dogs, there are some health problems.

PRA: Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a genetically transmitted eye disease found in about 80 breeds of dogs, including Poodles, Akitas, Labrador Retrievers, and the Portuguese Water Dog. PRA causes the blood vessels of the retina to atrophy, or waste away. The end result of retinal atrophy is a gradual but progressive blindness. There is a simple genetic DNA blood test to identify normal non-carriers, carriers and affected dogs. For breeding purposes Normal and Carrier and Affected rated dogs can be bred to A rated non-carriers, and the resulting litters will not produce affected dogs.
Most breeds have some dogs with hips that are called dysplastic - that is the hip joint is not formed perfectly. The dysplastic dog may have no pain or problems, or it may experience mild to severe discomfort when moving. Treatment, if necessary, can consist of aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication, or surgery in the most severe cases. Breeders should not breed a dog that is diagnosed with hip dysplasia, and should make sire and dam OFA, OVC, and PennHip certificates available to prospective puppy buyers.
Addison's is a rare disorder found in animals and in people. John Kennedy and Jane Austen, among others, lived with the disease. Addison's disease is caused by adrenocortical insufficiency - that is, the adrenal glands stop producing certain hormones that control sugar metabolism and maintain the the salt and water balances in the body. The cause of Addison's in PWD's is unknown at this time. 1 in 200 PWDs are afflicted.
Juvenile dilated cardiomyopathy (JDCM) did not acquire its name in our breed until about 1997. Sometimes, with no warning at all, an otherwise normal pup was simply found dead. There is now a test offered by the University of Pennsylvania for all PWDs. This test will determine whether they believe a dog to be a carrier or not. As long as one parent is clear the litter will not be affected.
GM-1 Storage Disease is a rare disease that is only found in humans and Portuguese Water Dogs (and English Springer Spaniels). It is a genetically transmitted fatal neurological disorder that is apparent around 5 months of age.The only way affected puppies can be produced is by breeding a Carrier to a Carrier and no responsible breeder would do this.

To learn more about the health of Portuguese Water Dogs, visit: http://pwdcc.org/PWDCC/index.php/health


No one can predict or guarantee the lifespan of a dog or if it will have a genetic problem, so to ask a breeder to make such a prediction is unrealistic. However, you can depend on us, at LunaNova, to do everything in our power, and use all means available, to breed healthy litters. For additional health information on the Portuguese Water Dog, please refer to the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada's website.

Portuguese Water Dog Breed Standard

For a more comprehensive outline of the breed standard for the Portuguese Water Dog, please refer to this document from the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).

Is a Portuguese Water Dog right for you?

A PWD may be right for you if
you want a dog that:

  • Requires regular and extensive grooming
  • Demands attention and exercise
  • Challenges your will and your sense of humour
  • Thrives on training and human contact
  • Thinks independently
  • Voices its opinion
  • Greets friends and family with unbridled enthusiasm

A PWD may not be for you if
you want a dog that:

  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Needs little or no attention or exercise
  • Naps endlessly in front of the fireplace
  • Requires little mental stimulation
  • Presents little or no challenge
  • Blends into the woodwork
  • Is content to be left alone

Approximate cost breakdown of owning a Portuguese Water Dog

These costs are based on stores I shop at and my vet's costs for 2018. All prices are in CAD.

To Start:

Cost For
$120-140 crate
$150-400 toys, treats, leash, tags, beds, grooming supplies, etc. (some people are even more extravagant than others! You can look for a crate on Kijiji for less, but make sure to wash it out well with a dishsoap/bleach mixture)
$50 City License
$100 for 26lbs of kibble which will last approx. 2 months (and less time as the dog grows and eats more)
$80-120 Each time the dog is groomed. It will need this every 6-10 weeks (depending on how much maintenance you do at home).
$230 6 weeks of puppy classes
first year vet costs:
12 weeks
  • $80 vet consult
  • $35 vaccines (plus tax)
16 weeks
  • $80 vet consult
  • $50 vaccines (plus tax)
  • $330 fecal analysis and heartworm/flea treatment (plus tax)
  • $613 for spay (plus tax)
  • $454 for neuter (plus tax)
  • $630 for cryptochid neuter


Cost For
$150 per year for routine vet costs
$90 per exam for a sick/injured dog, and then whatever the cost to fix the problem (emergency vet clinics are much more expensive)
$80-120 every two months for grooming
$100 per month for food
$290 per year for flea/heartworm
+ plus whatever you choose to spend on toys, treats, and supplies and whether you continue training at classes and/or get into any type of obedience, rally, water, show competition