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Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Comparison - Dog breed selector: Curly Golden or Water Dog or Wheaten? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier" Compare Goldendoodle and Portuguese Water Dog. Which is better: Goldendoodle or Portuguese Water Dog or Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?
Name Goldendoodle Portuguese Water Dog Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
OriginsUnited States Canada Portugal Ireland
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank4475449
Reviews552
User Ratings

Other Names Curly Golden, Curly Retriever, Goldenpoo Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua Wheaten, Wheatie, Irish Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
International Designer Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Irish Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Club Espanol De Terriers
Price 600-800 $2500-$2800 $800-$1000

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg) Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg) Male: 35-45 pounds (16-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg) Male: 40 pounds (18 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height 13-24 inches (33-61 cm) Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Avg. Height 18.5 inches (47 cm) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Hair & Care Comparison

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

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Characteristics Comparison

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

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Goldendoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Goldendoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Not really
Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
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
Cancer
Renal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-15 years 10-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Goldendoodle vs Portuguese Water Dog vs Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 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.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 4-8 puppies 5-8 puppies

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