The Portuguese Water Dogs is medium-size, with a massive but well proportioned body.
This sturdy dog is solidly built and muscular, yet elegant and harmoniously proportioned. Regular swimming exercises develop his muscles in a remarkable way.
Between 50 and 57 cm (19.69 to 22.44 inches) for the male
Between 43 and 52 cm (16.93 to 20.47 inches) for the female
Between 24 and 28 kg (52.91 to 61.73 pounds) for the male
Between 18 and 22 kg (39.68 to 48.50 pounds) for the female
The most common coat colour is black, with or without white patches.
It can also be white or brown but these two colours are much rarer, especially white.
The coat's hair is very resistant. It can be wavy and long or frizzy and short. He doesn't have an undercoat.
His head is domed and has a well marked stop. His eyes are round, medium size and may be brown or black.
His ears are leaning against the head and slightly apart from it at the tip. His nose is black. His tail generally does not extend beyond the hock.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 3 and is #37