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Name Portuguese Water Dog Labradoodle Goldendoodle
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Cao De Agua
Portie
Water Dog
No data available Curly Retriever
Goldenpoo
Curly Golden
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle breed type comparison:
Purebred Cross Breed Cross Breed

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Which is more expensive?
$2500-$2800 $1000-$2000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Very frequent: The Portuguese Water Dog is quite easy to get.
Frequent: The Labradoodle is easier than average to get.
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Medium Large Large
Weight
Which is heavier, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Labradoodle? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle weight comparison:
Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg) 50-64 pounds (22-34 kg) Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg) 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle height comparison:
Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm) Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm) 13-24 inches (33-61 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 18.5 inches (47 cm)

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle coat comparison:
Curly Fine
Variety of coat types
Curly
Wavy
Smooth
Straight
Colors
What are the original Portuguese Water Dog, Labradoodle and Goldendoodle color?
White
Brown
Black
Gold
Apricot
Caramel
Chalky white
Black
Café
Cream
Silver
Chocolate
Parchment
Blue
They can also have parti-colored coats, which consist of brindles, phantom, patched, or sable colors.
Black
Gray
White
Brown
Red
Yellow
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle grooming comparison:
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
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Average: The Labradoodle requires average grooming effort.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or {name3 shedding:
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
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Labradoodles shed moderately.
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Goldendoodles shed moderately.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle behavior/temperament comparison:
Brave
Impetuous
Obedient
Docile
Intelligent
Quarrelsome
Affectionate
Intelligent
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Friendly
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle intelligence:
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
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Smart: Labradoodle's has great intelligence.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Trainability
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle trainability comparison.
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
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Labradoodles are easy to train.
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Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
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Playfulness
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle playfulness comparison:
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
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The Labradoodle is a highly playful breed.
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The Goldendoodle is a playful breed.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?
High: Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Labradoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Goldendoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle social needs comparison:
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Labradoodles need a lot of social interaction.
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Goldendoodles need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
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Average: The Labradoodle barks occasionally.
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Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
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Labradoodles are good watchdogs.
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Goldendoodles are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
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Labradoodles are average defenders.
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Goldendoodles are not the best to protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Labradoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Portuguese Water Dog bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Labradoodle bite force: Ordinary.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Goldendoodle bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle mouthiness comparison:
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Labradoodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Goldendoodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
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Labradoodles have average wanderlust potential.
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Goldendoodles have average wanderlust potential.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
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.
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Labradoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Goldendoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Apartment-friendly dog the Portuguese Water Dog breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Labradoodle indoors.
Very house-friendly dog the Goldendoodle breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Labradoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Labradoodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Which dog is more friendly?
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Labradoodles are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Labradoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Labradoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Labradoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Labradoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?
Yes
Portuguese Water Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Labradoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Goldendoodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labradoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Labradoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Health Comparison

Health Issues
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle health comparison. Which is the healthier: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Labradoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle health problems comparison:
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
Ear Infections
Hip Dysplasia
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Allergies
Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypothyroidism
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Bloat
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
Von Willebrand's Disease
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Portuguese Water Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Labradoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Rare
The Goldendoodle should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle lifespan comparison. How long do Portuguese Water Dog, Labradoodle and Goldendoodle breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Portuguese Water Dog: 12 years
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Labradoodle: 13 years
9-15 years
The average lifespan of Goldendoodle: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle energy level comparison:
Portuguese Water Dogs are high-energy dogs.
Labradoodles are high-energy dogs.
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Labradoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Labradoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle weight gain potential comparison:
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog has an average risk for obesity.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Labradoodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Goldendoodle has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?
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.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?

Low 🔽

The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Labradoodle has a low chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Labradoodle is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
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The Goldendoodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Portuguese Water Dog or Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle?

Yes

Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Yes

Labradoodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Portuguese Water Dog and Labradoodle and Goldendoodle have?
4-8 puppies 4-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

Portuguese Water Dog vs Labradoodle vs Goldendoodle Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The Kennel Club
Australian Labradoodle Association
International Australian Labradoodle Association
Dog Registry of America Inc.
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry

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