Yes we have puppies, ready to go about November 8th. If you would like one of these puppies, please touch base, and if you read through the questionnaire about half way down the front page, this will be an excellent starting point.
We would like you to visit, after we have spoken on the phone first. I can usually slot people in on a Saturday morning at 10.30am sharp, or Sunday afternoon at 1.30am sharp (I work both Saturday and Sunday, so need to shuffle times around my breaks), or during the week at a mutually convenient time.
These are my freshly born puppies. There are some with a little white, and there is both male and female. Please note: we cannot guarantee that female pups are going to be smaller adults than male pups, and some of our biggest dogs have been female.
(We cannot hold pups until Christmas or after Christmas. These are formative months and it’s critical that pups are in their new homes and you and the pup are learning the ropes! It’s actually a very exciting time that you don’t want to miss.)
Our lines are currently free of Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Juvenile Cardiomyopathy, Storage Disease, and Improper Coat. We have had no incidents of PES, and although no genetic test exists for this condition yet, it is our understanding that it does not exist in our lines. Please note: as there are over 10000 diseases and conditions that can exist in dogs (and every other species), we strive to keep our lines free of the diseases that can be tested for, as limited as it is at this point.
Our pups may be available for show homes.
Our first litter out Campari and Prosecco are all spoken for, but we do have some spots available for our August litter out of Gingernuts and Spritz. These possess all strong working dog personalities. Here’s are some pics below, and of course, with their colours, all pups are expected to be brown:
Puppies are $2800-$3000 within Australia plus transport – for the pup I choose for you. If you wish to choose your pup, the price will increase. I am committed to providing a temperament match to owners, and really dislike placing pups on the primary basis of “they have such cute white feet”. Other colours sometimes available, POA. Please note, this includes 2 x vaccinations, including the C5 at 12 weeks of age, micrchipping and desexing before they leave.
If you are interstate: generally we fly with Jetpets who you pay directly for the flight and crate hire. We organise that for you. There are 2 options to get the pup to the airport from me. Jetpets will charge you about $350 to pick up your dog from me and take it to their office. Or I will charge you $80 if I’m transporting with another pup, or $250 if I have to make a special trip. (it’s over a 4 hour return journey.)
Because of dangerous road conditions, we will not do early morning travel in winter to get to the airport. It’s imperative that both your pup and I travel safely.
We also reserve the right to change travel dates if the weather looks like it’s going to be too hot.
If you are wanting me to export to you, please ensure you have acquired a quote for transport first, and expect this to be at least as much as the price of the puppy. We’ve had a few people get a little upset about the price the airlines have been charging for freight, and have asked me to then give them the pup for free or significantly discounted. Um.. no, this isn’t how life works. There are several companies that organise pet transport from Australia. You can get quotes from different ones. If you need me to organise quotes I can do this for you, and as you can imagine, there is a cost available for me to do this. Much easier for you to do this yourself.
Please note: you or one of your friends is going to suggest that the pup can travel for free as “accompanied baggage”. This is not allowed out of Australia. All animals must travel as “manifest live cargo”, unless you have your own private jet.
Some notes worth checking out before you contact us:
Let’s start with the tough stuff: The Portuguese Water Dog is suited to those people who love an energetic dog that they need to train and have a lot of fun with. They are very energetic, boisterous, require multiple mini training sessions at the start, need attendance with their human at weekly dog training classes for the first year of their life, requires regular grooming, they will test all boundaries, and will be a complete jerk if you don’t do the training. In fact, if you don’t do the work, they will be horrible, and you will be pulling your hair out. Trust me on this.
If you’re prepared to put in the work in the first few weeks and months, you’ll have a great dog. If you forget/neglect to do this, you’ll have a big problem on your hands, and you’ll end up with a dog that requires a whole lot of behaviour modification. I can’t help you with that. That’s not my specialty, but there are specialists you can hire, that will cost you far more than your dog, that will help you manage, some but not all of the problems you’re un-trained dog WILL develop. That’s why we put so much emphasis on training as soon as you get your dog.
If you have 3 kids under the age of 4 or even under the age of 10, you’re going to find your hands full with this breed.
On the positive side: if you do the work, follow my advice, and keep on top of issues – all during those first few months, you will have the most fantastic dog. They are intelligent and non shedding.
Our puppies are $2800. We keep the pups until 12 weeks of age to ensure the best behavioural and dietary start possible. During this period they are vaccinated 2-3 times (inc the 12 week C5 vaccine), wormed several times, and desexed. If you’d prefer to desex your pet later, you’ll need to sign a contract to this end and pay for it yourself. We normally do not sell un-desexed pets due to people having problems with ensuring desexing. We do sell entire pups to people who want to show the dog. We do have pups available internationally for show and pet homes.
Comprehensive notes and communication is provided to people getting our puppies. Be prepared for a plethora of information.
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 with results in both hip/elbows and available genetic tests. Most have been in the show ring, with some attaining multiple championships, whilst others continue in their quest to achieve theirs. Most of our girls have been shown in the show ring and we are very choosy about who stays in our breeding program. Due to my training and work schedule now, I have severely limited both my showing and show judging.
Check out this video below of us introducing pups to the water at 8 weeks of age:
Occasionally we have a girl who doesn’t turn out to have a couple of the attributes we were looking for, and we will then re-home. These can be between 6-18 months of age. Every now and again, when our girls have had one or two litters, we will look to re-home them around the age of 5. If you can offer a lounge for a retired show dog, then every 2 years or so, we might have one available.