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Portidoodle – Guide to the Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Breed

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A new addition to the Oodle (or Doodle) mix family is the charming Portidoodle. As the name indicates, Portidoodles are a mix of Portuguese Water Dogs and Standard or Miniature Poodles. This Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Breed Information Guide will go over everything you need to know about this hypoallergenic poodle cross.

Are you looking for more information about this hybrid dog? Then this guide is for you!

Here we cover the Portidoodle’s origins, temperament, breeders, characteristics, price, mini vs standard, and other details. This will help you understand the adorable Portidoodle and its unique characteristics. 

What is a Portidoodle?

Portidoodle - Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

Portidoodles are affectionate, loving designer dogs obtained by cross-breeding a Portuguese Water Dog with a Standard or Mini Poodle. Portidoodles are also known as Portuguese Water Doodles.

Let us understand a bit about the dog’s origins.

Origin of the Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

Portidoodles are a relatively new creation. The first Portidoodle might have arrived on the scenes in the early 2000s when breeders began experimenting with creating hybrid dogs having one Poodle parent.

Such Doodle breeds (as they are known due to their Poodle ‘component’) are popular for their wonderful temperaments. Often, they have low-shedding coats thanks to their Poodle genes.

Breeders often aim to breed dogs that shed minimally. After all, there is a great demand for hypoallergenic dogs in families having individuals with pet allergies. Many people also don’t want a dog that will shed fur over their furniture, carpet and clothes.

The Portuguese Water Dog is ideal to mix with a Poodle because Porties (as they are called fondly) have hypoallergenic coats as well. (In fact; President Obama selected a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo for his daughter Malia since she suffers from pet allergy symptoms around dogs.)

Let us take a look at the origins of the parent dog breeds in brief so we can understand more about the Portidoodle.

Parent breeds of the Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix



Poodles are considered one of the best dog breeds to mix with other breeds. They are smart, shed minimally, and are easy to train.

Poodles are a German breed – often known as the pride of Germany. The word Poodle comes from the German word – Pudel – meaning to splash or water puddles. Poodles were bred to work in the water and help hunters to retrieve waterfowl.

Today, Poodles consistently top the list of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. Their smartness has earned them great accolades. Many Poodles have become famous because of their extraordinary abilities to perform tricks, dance, and even play musical instruments!

No wonder you find Poodles performing in circuses, dog shows, etc. Their compact sizes also make them easy to travel with; a feature that circuses need in their animals.

Today, Poodles are popular as companion pets because of their affectionate natures and easy trainability. Most importantly, people love them for their extraordinary charm and intelligence.

The modern Poodle comes in three sizes – toy, miniature, and standard, and the ANKC/Australian National Kennel Club recognises all three.

Portuguese Water Dogs

Portidoodle - Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

The Porti (or PWD for short) is an energetic, alert, smart, and active dog.  Like Poodles, Porties are equipped with a curly, water-resistant, and hypoallergenic coat. They also have webbed feet which help them propel through choppy waters easily. Porties were mainly bred to assist fishermen to retrieve fish from the nets. They even helped rescue shipwrecked sailors and to retrieve gear tossed out in the water.

Due to their ability to work in water, many Porties were employed by National Baseball teams to retrieve their balls from the bay. These dogs even earned money from this job and the proceeds were all given to various pet charities and animal shelters.

Portuguese Water Dogs are a rare breed in Australia. With so few breeders, you’re unlikely to find an advertisement for puppies available for sale or a Portuguese Water Dog free to a good home. 

Physical Features of Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

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Portidoodles are available in a wide range of sizes. There are no standards laid down for this dog’s height and weight. After all, these hybrid dogs are not recognised by any of the major Kennel Clubs.

In general, you could expect to find Mini Portidoodles (PWD x mini-Poodle) weighing in the range of 14-28 pounds (6-12 kg) and measuring between 10-25 inches (25-63 cm).  Standard Portidoodles (Standard Poodle x PWD) usually measure between 17-22 inches/43-55 cm and weigh up to 60 lb or 27 kg.

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Coat Type and Colours

Portidoodles usually inherit the curly and wavy coats of their parent dogs. The colours seen in the hybrid dogs are black, white, fawn, grey, chocolate, merle, and sable. You could also have various markings and patterns.

Are Portidoodles Hypoallergenic?

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Portidoodles tend to be low-shedding since both the parent dog breeds shed minimally. The Portuguese Water Dog and Poodle both have tight, curly coats.

As mentioned, both breeds were originally developed to work around water bodies, and their water-resistant coats dried quickly while also keeping them warm in freezing waters.

There is a chance that Portidoodles won’t shed too much and could be a good choice for people with pet allergies.

However, people with allergies must understand that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. Pet allergy symptoms can be triggered by the dogs’ saliva and urine and not just by the dander in their coat. So, even if a Portidoodle breeder advertises their dog to be completely non-shedding, you should visit the breeder’s dogs and puppies. By visiting the breeder’s home you will be able to see if the dogs trigger an allergic reaction for you.

You may also follow the same precautions as you would when you are around dogs that shed. This includes washing your hands frequently, not allowing your Portidoodle to lick your face, taking baths frequently, vacuuming with a HEPA filter-based vacuum, etc.

Do check out my guide on Hypoallergenic Poodle Mixes.

The Temperament of the Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

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The Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Breed is docile, loving, smart, and easy-to-train dogs. Like both parent dog breeds, they are incredibly intelligent and respond well to obedience training. Puppy training with this cute dog is a must since rewards and praise can lead your dog to excellent behaviour. Never punish your Portidoodle or use aversive training methods and tools like prong collars, electric shock collars, slip leads or check chains. Such training methods have been shown to increase aggression, stress and fear

Your Portidoodle loves humans and will enthusiastically greet people. Portidoodles make friends easily and do not have a mean bone in them. This trait means that they do not make the best guard dogs, but they are still extremely loyal and possessive about their humans and their territory.

Due to this possessive tendency, a Portidoodle might bark at mailmen, squirrels, and even other dogs that walk past your property. This tendency to bark means they aren’t the best dogs for apartments or for people having neighbours close by – unless you train your Portidoodle early on to bark upon cue.

The Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Breed gets along well with kids and other dogs. They are fun to be around and love to play with children. If you have a mini Portidoodle, make sure you teach your children to be aware of the dog’s small size.  After all; these small dogs could get injured easily if the kids play rough.

Also, you should socialise your Portidoodle with other dogs and cats from an early age. The best doodle breeders do this job for you. They raise their Portidoodle puppies at home where they are exposed to loud noises, doorbells, kitchen gadgets, and car rides, as well as other dogs, cats, and kids. This desensitises the puppies to various human experiences and makes them confident dogs.

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Temperament

Inherently, Portidoodles are dependable, brave, and curious. It is rare to see a tired Portidoodle! They are eager to learn new things and quickly learn the commands and words for common objects.

Like both parents, Portidoodles love water. Your pet will look forward to going to the beach and swimming and diving. Swimming is an excellent exercise for Portidoodles as it has a lower impact on their joints. Your pet certainly won’t be content staying cooped up indoors. This active dog isn’t the best choice for a person who prefers a sedentary lifestyle.

Portidoodles are also prone to separation anxiety. Check out our guide to preventing and stopping separation anxiety in doodles for tips. They tend to get lonely, depressed, and bored if left home alone all day. You might want to consider enrolling your puppy in doggy daycare or hiring a pet sitter to watch your dog and take it out for walks especially if you will be gone out all day.

How Much Do Portidoodles Cost?

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

The Mini Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Breeds are in great demand. They are also rare as there are just a handful of breeders selling these pups. So, you could expect to pay more than purebred dog prices for this hybrid dog. Most reputable breeders in Australia charge between $3000-$5000 for a single Portidoodle puppy. Some Portidoodles including the mini size and those with rare coat colours and patterns can cost even more.

You can always consider adopting a Portidoodle. But not many dog shelters have rescued, neglected, abandoned, or abused Portidoodles – they are a rare poodle cross. Try contacting a shelter near you. You might have to pay a fee of $300-$500 for adopting a rescue Portidoodle.

What to Feed a Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix?

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There is no shortage in the variety of dog food available in Australia. So much so, that it can get confusing as to what to feed your Portidoodle. You can always ask your breeder for guidance. Later on, your vet nutritionist can also recommend the right food for your pet based on its age, overall health, and activity levels.

In general, look for dog food containing USDA-certified, human-grade ingredients. The food should meet/exceed AAFCO guidelines. It should be minimally processed and ideally made in the USA.

The Raggy Dogs enjoy homemade raw dog food meals. Their diet consists of human-grade meats, raw meaty bones, homegrown organic vegetables, offal and Ziwi Peak freeze-dried treats. 

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix: Health Issues and Lifespan

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Puppy

Portidoodles are known to suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and thyroid issues. Some dogs even develop progressive retinal atrophy, eyelid problems, and skin infections. Like Poodles, Portidoodles could experience cataracts, epilepsy, and ear infections. The best Portidoodle breeders DNA test their breeding dogs and conduct hip and elbow scoring. 

The lifespan of a Mini Portidoodle is between 12-16 years. Standard Portidoodles have a lifespan of 12-14 years. 

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix puppies for sale and breeders

Portidoodle – Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix

The Portidoodle is a rare designer dog breed in Australia and the Mini Portidoodle is even more so. If you’re having trouble finding Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix breeders or puppies for sale near you, consider looking for a rescue or other similar poodle mixes such as the Standard Schnoodle, Mini or Standard Bordoodle,  Roodle, Labradoodle, Aussiedoodle or Groodle.

The Porti poodle mix is particularly popular because of its non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat and high trainability. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to the Portidoodle – Guide to the Portuguese Water Dog Poodle Mix Breed. 

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