My love for animals and passion for dogs, in particular, began at about the time I could say 'puppy'! Unfortunately, having had severe alllergies and asthma from about age two,animals were strictly forbidden in my parent's home. Undaunted, I acquired my first purebred dogs (Akitas) upon finishing university studies, happily living through heaps of shedded fur and boxes of antihistamines. My dogs and I participated in conformation and obedience classes with the intent of starting a breeding program alongside my dental hygiene career. Although i loved my Akitas, i came to realize they weren't the ideal; breed for the program I had envisioned. I still enjoyed the 'dog world' and attended dog shows as a spectator. It was there I met my first Portuguese Water Dog, and I was immediately intrigued by his unique curly coat, tail carriage and confident, pleasant demeanor. Shortly thereafter I met my husband, and careers and children became the focal point of our lives. Glenn also shares his love for animals with me, so I was thrilled when he agreed we should add a canine companion to our family. Our youngest daughter also suffers from allergies so we desired a 'hypoallergenic', minimum shedding, medium-sized, active dog with a temperament suitable to kids and other animals. I was also adamant about a breed that was people oriented and agreeable to obedience training. Upon research, several breeds fit our criteria but after careful consideration we narrowed it down to the Portuguese Water Dog. We contacted a breeder, Lesley Millar, who presented us with our first PWD. 'Phoenix', Acostar Angelo's Good As Gold, became our loving companion and foundation show dog. We were hooked and it wasn't long before we were adding another PWD to our family!
Here at Aveiro, our dogs are raised in our home where they are well loved and socialized with children and other pets. Our goal is to produce dogs of sound temperament and good health, whether for companionship, show, performance or all of the above.
I am a member, in good standing, of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada (PWDCC), the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA), the Alberta Portuguese Water Dog Club (APWDC), and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)