How to Buy a Healthy Portuguese Water Dog Puppy From a Breeder

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Portuguese Water Dogs are cute, but they often suffer from serious health problems. To avoid taking home a puppy that is going to develop serious health issues in later life, you should first carry out a few basic health checks. These involve examining the dog, as well as checking its health records and finding out as much as you can about the dog's parents.

Physical Signs of Health in Portuguese Water Dog Puppies

Look for the following signs of good health in your new puppy:

Genetic Diseases in Portuguese Water Dog Puppies

Where possible, buy your puppy from a breeder who is a member of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders. Members of this association test their puppies for the following genetic diseases, which are all common in the Portuguese Water Dog breed.

More Questions to Ask Your Breeder

Portuguese Water Dog puppies must receive all the standard vaccinations to protect them from common canine diseases. Ask your breeder to provide vaccination records showing which shots a puppy has already had.

Have a Check Up

After you bring your puppy home from the breeder, take him or her to a vet for a check up. This is a chance for the vet to identify any health problems that your puppy may face and give any vaccinations that the puppy hasn't had yet. It's also an opportunity for you to ask the vet for advice about caring for your new pet.