URGENT: This animal could be euthanized if not adopted soon.

ToloRescue Me ID: 18-01-19-00214

About Tolo

Portuguese Water Dog
Age: Young Adult
Sex: Male

SPANISH WATER DOG This young man is a high energy, with an extremely strong protective aggressive instinct. His temperament is similar to a German Shepherd when protecting his pack but super sweet, loving and playful with his family and extended family he is familiar with. He loves to snuggle with his favorite human. His favorite past time is playing with his chuckit ball and going swimming in the ocean. He has a history of bites in the past so he needs careful consideration with a family that understands he needs firm boundaries and ongoing training is critical. He will do best in a home that has little company or is set up to be able to contain him when company is over. He absolutely has to be kept in a fenced yard only, absolutely no electric fences, he will escape. He needs a strong firm calm hand when working with him. This is not a dog that you ask to sit 20 times. He can be willful and dominant so he needs a calm, firm hand as he can become excitable when he's triggered into going into his protective mode which exacerbates the situation. He has had extensive training and is extremely intelligent so he will do best in a home where he has a job to do. A farm or someone who wants to be protected is ideal. He absolutely can not live in a condo, apartment or unfenced yard. Containing him and keeping him away from strangers is critical. Please, no casual shoppers. This is a very strong, extremely powerful boy who will guard you with his life. He is not the right fit for the majority of homes so he has to be vetted very carefully. He does wonderfully at the vet, groomers and daycare. His protective instinct kicks in when his family is around his home. We welcome any qualified leads and will actively peruse any options that we can find. You must be willing to travel to NY or CT to escort him back to your home, we absolutely will not ship him to anyone. You must be trained on how to handle him in person. Please email for additional information.


New York



  • Good with Most Dogs
  • Not Good with Cats
  • Good with Kids and Adults


  • High Energy
  • Very Dominant


  • Neutered
  • Vaccinations Current

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