The following health conditions can be found in Portuguese Water Dogs:

  • Addison's Disease
  • Allergies, Hairloss and Skin Issues
  • Cancer
  • Eye Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal (irritable bowel disease)
  • GM1
  • JDCM - juvenille dialated cardio myopathy
  • Orthopedic 
  • Seizure
To see what the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America is doing to help with these diseases and for more information about them please follow the link buttons provided.  This will provide you with descriptive information, how PWDCA is helping fund research on these issues and what you can do to help.
Addison's
Allergies
Cancer
Eyes
Gastrointestinal

GM1 Storage
JDCM
Orthopedic
Seizures

The following clearances MUST be completed by your prospective PWD breeder prior to them breeding their dog.  You can request copies of these clearances from your prospective breeder.  There may be other tests they provide in addition to the mandatory testing. 
Mandatory Testing on ALL breeding PWDs

  • OFA hips
  • CERF (eyes)
  • OPTIGEN (PRA - eyes)
  • GM1 Storage 
  • JDCM - cardiac

Health Concerns In PWDs