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The Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix is an interesting mix breed because there are actually a lot of similarities between the parents.
In fact, there are some people that rescue what they think are Poodles from shelters, and later find out that they are actually Water Dogs.
The similarities are clear from the build, coat and origin of these dogs.
By the end, you should have a better idea if this cross is right for you.
There are misconception about the Poodle because its status as a fashionable dog – once upon a time. Yet, this was a retrieving animal right at home in the water too.
The difference is that they retrieved ducks and waterfowl in Germany, while the Portuguese Water Dog originated in Portugal.
This origin leads to similarities in their athletic build and the quality of their coat. They are lean, energetic dogs with dense coats.
The Poodle’s is curlier, but both have thick fur with water-repellent properties.
This means that they need lots of regular brushing and grooming in order to keep this coat in the best condition.
Be careful which tools and products that you use because of the quality of the coat.
However, there is also the fact that these cross bred pups are sure to be hypoallergenic.
Both parents are, with the most minimal of shedding and no dander. Therefore, these mixes are a great choice if there are family members with allergies.
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On that note of family, it is also important to know that these puppies are also likely to be great in a family home.
They share the affectionate, loving and playful tendencies of both the parents.
However, this is best achieved with the right training and socialization. This is because of their tendency to be a little more sensitive than some other breeds.
Problem solving games and agility are a great option here.
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The Standard Poodle is said to be smarter than the Portuguese Water Dog, but both are pretty intelligent.
This should mean that training sessions aren’t too difficult and these cross bred pups learn commands quite quickly. This is important when dealing with that sensitivity and socialization, as well as obedience, barking issues and any other problems that arise.
Those that continue to struggle to get results should turn to an online guide for help.
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Training, exercise and a good diet are all important for a happy, healthy pup.
On that note, there are some health issues to remember when taking care of this cross. There is a chance that these dogs could develop some of the more common conditions of their parents. This means Addison’s disease, bloat and hip dysplasia, among others.
Anyone with concerns over the health care of this dog should check out the Ultimate Guide to Dog Health. It offers great advice on a range of subjects, with accessible information for new owners.
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So far in this guide we have highlighted the benefits of the cross between the Standard Poodle and the Portuguese Water Dog. This is because this is the safest, most viable Poodle cross around.
However, there are health implications and risks. For example there could be irresponsible breeders using Toy Poodle to get a “teacup” size. Others may not know that they shouldn’t use a miniature female and a larger male.
They best way to be sure is to visit them at home. Take some time to meet the litter and parents to understand more about the pups.
Some shelters may have one of these animals in need of a good home. However, it can be difficult to know the precise parentage of some dogs.
Whichever you end up with – a Portuguese Water Dog Poodle mix or a mini Portuguese Water Dog – there are some great traits to this dog.
They are smart, keen to learn and play and a joy to have in the home – with the right training.
They are also playful and hypoallergenic with minimal risks to family members.
As long as you are careful when searching for Portuguese Water Dog Poodle mix puppies for sale, and treat them well, this should be a great pet.
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