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Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet" Compare Portuguese Water Dog and Spanish Water Dog. Which is better: Portuguese Water Dog or Spanish Water Dog or Barbet?
Name Portuguese Water Dog Spanish Water Dog Barbet
OriginsPortugal Spain France
Group Working Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank54148404
Reviews410
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Other Names Water Dog, Portie, PWD, Cao De Agua Perro De Agua Español, SWD French Water Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition 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 Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $2500-$2800 $1000-$1200 $600-$1000

General Appearance - Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet

Size Medium Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg), Female: 35-49 pounds (16-22 kg) Male: 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg) 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg )
Avg. Weight Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg) Male: 44.5 pounds (20 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg) 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg )
Height Male: 20-22 inches (50-57 cm), Female: 17-20 inches (43-52 cm) Male: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm), Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm) Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm), Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm)

Hair & Care - Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet

Coat Curly Curly Waterproof Woolly No Undercoat Grow into dreadlocks Waterproof
Colors White Brown Black Chestnut White Black Black & White Brown & White Fawn White Brown Gray Black
Grooming
Average: The Portuguese Water Dog requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Spanish Water Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Barbet requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Portuguese Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
Spanish Water Dogs shed none to minimal.
Barbets shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet

Temperament Brave Impetuous Obedient Docile Intelligent Quarrelsome Affectionate Diligent Trainable Athletic Loyal Companionable Intelligent Obedient Cheerful Joyful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Portuguese Water Dog's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Barbet's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Portuguese Water Dogs are easy to train.
Spanish Water Dogs are easy to train.
Barbets are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Portuguese Water Dog is a playful breed.
The Spanish Water Dog is a playful breed.
The Barbet is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Spanish Water Dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Barbets have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Portuguese Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Spanish Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Barbets are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Portuguese Water Dogs need a lot of social interaction.
Spanish Water Dogs are a social breed.
Barbets are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Portuguese Water Dog rarely barks.
Average: The Spanish Water Dog barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Barbet rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Portuguese Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Barbets are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Portuguese Water Dogs are average defenders.
Spanish Water Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Barbets are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Spanish Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Barbet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Portuguese Water Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Barbets have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Portuguese Water Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Spanish Water Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Barbets have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
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.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Barbets 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
Portuguese Water Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Barbets are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Portuguese Water Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Spanish Water Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Barbets adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Portuguese Water Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Spanish Water Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Barbets do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
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.

Good With - Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet

Stranger Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Barbets are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Barbets are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Barbets are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Barbets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Portuguese Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Spanish Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Barbet is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Barbets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Portuguese Water Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Spanish Water Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Barbets are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Portuguese Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Spanish Water Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Barbets are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going 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 Yes
Portuguese Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Spanish Water Dog breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Barbet breed usually likes 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.

Health Factors - Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet

Health Issues
The Portuguese Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Spanish Water Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Barbets tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems 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 Cataracts Cherry Eye Distichiasis Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Epilepsy Hernia Hip Dysplasia Overbite Underbite
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 10-14 years 13-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Portuguese Water Dogs are high energy dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Barbets are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Portuguese Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Spanish Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Barbets have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Portuguese Water Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Spanish Water Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Barbets don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Barbet can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Portuguese Water Dog has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Spanish Water Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Barbet has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Portuguese Water Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Spanish Water Dog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Barbet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Portuguese Water Dog vs Spanish Water Dog vs Barbet

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 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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