Club Info

About the Club

The Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada was formed for the benefit of Portuguese Water Dogs and their owners. The club provides an opportunity for us to have fun sharing our common interest and to learn more about all aspects of living with a Portuguese Water Dog.

The PWDCC was formed in 1993 as the national purebred club of the Portuguese Water Dog in Canada. We are governed by the Constitution and By-laws established for the club and registered as a not-for-profit club with the Canadian Kennel Club.

The club objectives as stated in our Constitution are:


Individual membership is open to all persons eighteen years or older, who at the time of joining who subscribe to the purpose of this club. Any person who has been deprived, suspended, debarred, expelled from or whose membership has been terminated from the Canadian Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club or any other national registering body for dogs shall not be granted membership to this club.

Member benefits

As a club member you benefit from a range of services and programs designed to keep you informed, make new friends, have fun with your PWD and help benefit the breed we love so much!

Online Membership Application Form

Fill out the membership application form online then pay for your membership via etransfer to, or PayPal. You can now choose a 2 year payment option.

Register Online

Online Renewal Membership Application Form

If you’re already a Member or a Puppy Member applying for a full membership, fill out the form then pay for your membership via etransfer to or PayPal. You can now choose a 2 year payment option.

Renew Online

The National Club has responsibility for:

Club newsletter, The Waterlog

Our website,

Liaising with the Canadian Kennel Club and the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America

Judges Education

National Specialties

To contact the entire Board of the PWDCC click on the email link below. Your concerns and issues will be responded to and you will be contacted by the Board for further information if required.

Email the Board

Branches of the PWDCC

Member events

Events are organized by the local branch clubs, at this time Ontario has the first PWDCC Branch, the PWDCOntario. Fun and informative events are run throughout the year including:

Member involvement

The club exists for our members and in turn cannot exist without your active involvement. Participation includes:

New Puppy Introductory Offer

New owners of a member breeder puppy are invited to join the club for an introductory year’s participation in the club including the Waterlog, access to the members only section and activities suitable for a young pup. The New Puppy Introductory Offer does not confer membership for the next fiscal year or voting privileges.

PWDCC Breeder Litters

Effective September 1, 2022, the PWDCC will have a one year trial of a Breeder Listing.

The Breeder List will run under the following criteria:

Non-compliance, checked by CKC stud dog directory released typically in August the following year will result in immediate removal from the PWDCC Breeder List with no refunds should the following occur:

Effective January 1, 2015, Breeders are welcome to post their litters on the PWDCC website. To be eligible to post a litter, a breeder must be a member in good standing of the PWDCC for at least one year. When a bitch is owned by two or more breeders, all breeders have to be members of the PWDCC in good standing. The exception to this rule is if the co-breeder is a resident of the United States or other international location. The cost per listing is $20.00. There is no restriction on the number of listings per breeder per calendar year. All funds generated will support PWDCC Rescue.

When you have a litter due, 4 weeks in advance of the whelping date, send in your form to the program coordinator with supporting heath documents on the sire and dam or indicate on the form if the health testing on the sire and dam is current on The litter information will be posted on the club website after the health data is verified as current. New for 2023: The listing can be posted in 4 week increments up to a maximum of 16 weeks. (i.e. on confirmation of pregnancy, usually at 4 weeks by ultrasound, to pups at 12 weeks). The listing will consist of breeder contact information, including a link to your website and email, name of sire and dam and all supporting health testing. The listing will indicate if puppies are or are not available in the litter.

Our member Code of Ethics requires all member breeders to assume life-long responsibility for re-homing all puppies they produce should this be necessary. But, we are faced with re-homing non-member breeders’ dogs and the Available Puppies Program supports this effort. See the program application form for more details on required health testing for each litter’s sire and dam.

Membership application

To become a member of the PWDCC either

Diane Dirsus
120 Bayview Avenue
Keswick ON L4P 2S9

Annual membership fee:

Individual membership: $35.00 Canadian
Family membership: $35.00 for first member and $10.00 for each additional member (One Waterlog issue is distributed per household)
2 year option just double your fee

Membership year and dues payable

Annual club membership runs from January 1st through December 31st each year.

New Memberships are pro-rated

New members joining the club for the first time between September 1 and December 31, will receive membership for balance of the current fiscal year and the following membership year.

Membership Renewals Notice: October each year, fees are due January 1 following.
*Board members and officers must be in compliance with all PWDCC policies and procedures.