Welcome to Bluegrace Portuguese Water Dogs.

Based near Melbourne, Australia, we have been involved in this breed since 1997.  There are a number of pages to explore here, and for those of you interested in getting involved with the breed, we are enthusiasts happy to meet with you, share our knowledge, and show you our dogs.  And if you do visit, if you’ve been able to read through all or most of this website, that will give us a big step up on our discussions.

At this point, we have no puppies available. However, Lisa Maxwell currently has an awesome litter ready to go Nov/Dec 2016 from our lines.  Her email is:  whitsundaysft@bigpond.com  She’s got a lot of similar philosophies to me, so make sure you keep reading here to see if this is truly the breed for you. 

Feel free to call me on 0412 113824 to discuss if one of these enthusiastic, zest of life characters are the right dog for you.  We welcome you visiting our location and meeting all our dogs and seeing the Portuguese Water Dog in working action.

or:   Email me at:  jane@bluegrace.com  letting me know a bit about you and we can go from there.

Is this breed right for you:

  •  having a new pup is like having a new child.  Do you have the time & the inclination for training?
  •  are you prepared to pinky-swear that you and your partner will do all the necessary training, and your kids (if you have any) will not be expected to be responsible for the dog?
  •  is your partner as enthusiastic about a dog as you are?  (we have said “sorry this won’t work” to several people over the years where the partner was clearly not wanting a dog, and sometimes even downright rude to us, and sometimes completely inappropriate with the dogs)
  •  untrained dogs of any breed will quickly become a nuisance.  In this breed, like most others, untrained dog behaviour will result in fence jumping, jumping up on people, nipping, digging holes, ruining furniture, endless barking, failure to recall, etc, etc, etc
  •  if you put the right amount of time and commitment into training early you will have a fantastic dog and everyone will compliment you and wish they had your dog
  •  if you don’t put in the training in the first 6 months, there is little you can do later to correct the situation.  Your breeder nor any trainer does not have a magic wand to fix your dog’s lack of training and subsequent poor behaviours.  And it will cost you thousands of dollars and endless hours work later on if your dog has developed a range of inappropriate behaviours.
  •  if you are having trouble sorting out a time to visit because weekend activities are too much, then it’s probably likely that this is not the right time to get a puppy
  •  just because now isn’t the right time, doesn’t mean that 2-3 years down the track might not be a good time.  Just wait until things are more settled in your life, so that you don’t over-commit yourself.

Check out the latest video of the pups we have available:

 Today’s training tip:  Regardless of the breed of dog, the earlier you start training your puppy, the easier it is.  Conversely, the longer you leave it to start training, the harder, longer, and more expensive it is to get results.  And sometimes you can’t change those bad behaviours you’ve unfortunately let develop.  And there is no magic wand to fix a dog’s bad behaviours.

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Our new stud dog from Europe has arrived has now completed his health testing with his hips & elbows being great, and having passed his other required genetic testing.  Both of our other stud dogs have similar excellent results in both hip/elbows and available genetic tests. All dogs have been in the show ring, with some attaining multiple championships, whilst others continue in their quest to achieve theirs.   All our girls have been shown in the show ring and we are very choosy about who stays in our breeding program.

The Portuguese Water Dog is: intelligent, non-shedding, hypo-allergenic, and medium sized working dog…. just like a life partner should be.

The Portuguese Water Dog was used as a working dog with the Portuguese fisherman, where it took out nets, carried messages between boats, picked up items accidentally dropped overboard, and protected the catch and the boats.  As such, it is a true working dog, which can fit in well to many situations – as long as the work is put in early by the owners to have a well behaved and managed dog.

They do required twice daily exercise sessions for their entire life.  What a wonderful way to help keep both dog and human in shape!

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Our dogs are involved in conformation showing, obedience, agility, school visits, endurance tests, herding, and flyball, and make wonderful companions to homes that can meet their exercise and discipline needs.

And what does Jane do when she’s not focused on the dogs? Well she puts a lot of determination and commitment into her running, and dog shows will just have to take a back seat whilst Jane gains ground in the marathon arena:


Please note, because of superior behavioural outcomes, we now only let our puppies go at 12 weeks of age. Those extra 4 weeks at home particularly developing appropriate behaviours make all the difference.

Call us on 03 5433 6259 or 0412 113 824 for more information.

(Please note because of the unmanageable amount of spam being received through the contacts form and comments sections of this site, they have now been closed.  If you wish to contact me, please do so via email or phone.)

A Bluegrace dog who resides in New Zealand

A Bluegrace dog who resides in New Zealand


We invite you to visit our home, just north of Melbourne, where you can see our comprehensive program for our water dogs, and meet the puppies that we currently have available for the right homes.Please note, the Portuguese Water Dog needs a home where there are exercise opportunities both morning and night, where an adult in the household is responsible for the dog, and where the adult can attend dog training for at least the first year of the pup’s life.We have developed extensive literature, training material, and advice with an excellent support network to help you grow your pup into a wonderful adult dog. Time and dedication is needed to help create the best water dog for your situation.Yes we have puppies available, but we want people to take their time in making a decision to ensure that not only is this the right breed for them, but also, critically, that I am the right breeder for you.


The Portuguese Water Dog is: intelligent, non-shedding, hypo-allergenic, and medium sized working dog…. just like a life partner should be.

13 thoughts on “Home

  1. Ge

    Having trouble getting on your raw diet email list, for helpful information. Please put me on your emailing’s. I am a proud owner of a Maremma. She likes Raw meat and Bones.

    thank You

  2. Kristina

    I am contacting you from Croatia. My family decided to have a dog. We are very interested in Portuguese Water Dog. Can you please advise when do you expect to have new puppies and what would be their prices?
    Thank you very much in advance.
    Best regards,

    • Jane

      Hi Kristina, thanks for your enquiry. There are many lovely Portuguese Water Dogs in different parts of Europe. You might want to try closer to home first as it is very expensive to ship a dog from Australia.

      all the best


  3. Jo Asquith

    I am interested in a Portuguese Water Dog and have done a deal of research. We live on the water and are a very active family. Our home has a small but reasonable yard but lots of walking areas and beach around our place. We would be looking at around August to have a puppy.

    We are willing to put time into training as our dog would need to be well trained in the many leash free areas we would go to.

    We are at work 7-8 hours a day four days a week but the dog would have access to the whole house and yard during that time. The other day, we intend to take the dog to doggie day care for socialisation.

    We are in far north Queensland but could consider coming to Victoria to meet with you. Could you let me know about cost.

  4. Chris Pollard

    Hi, we are interested in meeting you with a view to acquiring a puppy. My husband and I are in our 50s and live in Malvern East with our three adult children in their 20s. We have a four year old Airedale terrier and lost our much loved Bichon / Poodle aged 10, last week. None of us, especially the Airedale, like being in a single dog household. My daily routine for the Airedale is a minimum of two solid walks per day plus a good romp in our wonderful leash- free park. We are also lucky enough to have a house at Sorrento which we holiday at and visit at weekends. Whilst there, we make good use of the leash- free beach at Cameron’s Bight, Blairgowrie. We think a Water Dog would be a good fit with us and would happily commit to the training and raw food diet requirements. I would be grateful if you would contact me by email to let me know if we could come for a visit. Thanks, Chris

  5. Chris Mulcahy

    Hi Blue Grace Team,

    I’m massively excited to find your website. I’m very ready for a dog and everything I’ve read about the Portuguese Water Dog Breed makes me think we’re right for each other.

    Great to hear you have pups on the way. If you happen to have the arrival of a brown and white one, we could be really good pals.

    Id love to come visit you and learn more in person.



    • Jane

      Hi Chris,

      There’s about 50 different things we’re looking at when we breed. Colour is one of the 50. so about 2% of the total package basically. We focus on health, temperament and structure well before colour. Sorry I can’t help,


  6. Monica zumFelde

    Jane…I ran across your site …not sure how I got here, but very glad I did! I just wanted to say thank you for all of your thoughts and advice. Although I am based in the USA, I am taking your advice to heart and practice. I will be looking for a breeder closer to home, but if you happen to have any leads (folks you may have networked with and respect), I would very much appreciate that. Thank you again and continued great work! I will be reading for sure! :)

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