Powerful & Well Balanced

The Portuguese Water Dog is a Robust,

Self-willed loyal companion

Obedient with those who look after it


 About Me & Torrid Zone

Torrid Zone's mission is to preserve and further the Portuguese Water Dog as a breed, so I am extremely careful in my breeding practices and selectively breed only when a perfect match is evident. Beth Mercier of St. Mary's, GA joined me as co-breeder and has taken several of our dogs to stardom in show terms. I take pride in owner handling my dogs in the show ring, CJ Farve, Canine Specialists, is our handler of choice when not owner handled.  To compete with professional handlers I must be producing top quality dogs, physically, and mentally. Not every dog is selected for a future of showing and performance. I like to think of even my pet owner's dogs as Champions of their home.


I have owned Portuguese Water Dogs since the early 90's, although my breeding program started in 1998. Every litter is a special breeding for me. Once born the litter will stay with their mother at least 8 weeks. During the time, the puppies are with the litter they learn how to deal with their world. I recommend the book "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With" by Rutherford, this gives a good explanation of my philosophies towards socializing the litter and what I expect from you to continue this process. I am sure you will be grateful to know you will be getting a quality dog, along with the guidance and support often needed when adding a dog to your household. Temperament evaluations are done to insure that you get a dog that is going to fit well with you & your family. Please remember having a puppy takes a lot of energy, commitment and training.  I commit to life long responsibility for these pups. In other words, I commit to take them back (for any reason) if you could no longer care for them. 

Please fill out the questionnaire, after it is completed, click on the submit button. I will put you on a wait list and contact you when we have puppies, your answers will help me make the best puppy match possible for your life-style. 


I look forward to getting to know you and having you join the

Torrid Zone PWD Crew. 

The Torrid Zone Boys

 CJ (Coal Junior)

GCHG Torrid Zone What's Love Got To Do With It

CJ earned a Gold level Grand Championship this summer and follows his father & grand father as part of the elite Top Twenty. Along the way CJ has been recognized with multiple group wins and placements. and as a puppy won a BIS Puppy

Handled by Canine Specialists, CJ is a beautiful mover with great drive and sweet temperament. 

Rated OFA Excellent


CH Torrid Zone
Frankly My Dear GROM

Frank was awarded his Championship during a very competitive period with 3 majors including a 5 point. 

Frank has continued earning performance titles in Obedience, Rally, Agility and Water earning the Achiever Dog award by AKC

and was awarded a Gold level Register of Merit at the 2018 Specialty in Frankenmuth, MI


CHS Torrid Zone
Wildcat's All I Want For Christmas CGC

Coal is now retired and living with owner Beth Mercier in St. Mary's GA. Coal earned a spot in the top 20 as a young dog and continued on to earn a Silver Grand Championship.

He is the Grandfather to the current #1 female and is producer of many champions. Coal has passed on his incredibly strong thigh muscles in many of his get.

Our Girls


GCH Torrid Zone Holy Smoke! BN, RN, WWD

Spark is as talented as she is beautiful, and she is the perfect mother. Her father held a position in the top 20 and Spark has produced 2 offspring in the top 20. She is second generation Excellent rated hips and offspring x-rayed are also rated Excellent.


Platinum Grand Champion Torrid Zone
Smoke From A Distant Fire

This beautiful girl earned her Championship from the 6-9 month class and was recently awarded the Platinum Grand Champion level. She is the first female of the five who have reached this achievement. She has earned Best in Show in Puppy Working Show, Reserve BIS and Best in sweepstakes. She and her brother CJ have both OFA Excellent rated hips.


CH Torrid Zone
Reflets De Sol CGC

Sizzle has finished her Championship handled by CJ Farve and will continue her show career owner handled by me, her breeder. She has had multiple Owner handler Group wins. 

Sizzle earned her Junior Water Certificate at her first water Trial in June and is ready for the Apprentice level at the September trial at Callaway Gardens, GA. 






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