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. I take pride in owner handling my dogs in the show ring although professional handler CJ Farve, Canine Specialists, has handled several of my dogs.  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 understand your expectations for your dog and make the best puppy match possible for your life-style. 


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 ranked Top Twenty. Along the way CJ has been recognized with multiple group wins and placements, as a puppy won a BIS Puppy

CJ is a beautiful mover with great drive and sweet temperament. He has sired two litters.

Rated OFA Excellent


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Frankly My Dear GROM

Frank was awarded his Championship and has continued adding titles in Obedience, Rally, Agility and Water earning the Achiever Dog award by AKC

and was awarded a Gold level Register of Merit in 2018 which honors dogs that compete in multiple venues of dog sports. Frank thrives on his athletic abilities and views life as a game.


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Holds the Heavens with Calypso

Atlas earned his Championship and Grand Championship from the puppy classes. AKC recognized him as a Puppy of Achievement.

Atlas lives with Beth Mercier in GA and is her son Luke's favorite dog in the house. Together they have done some training for Apprentice level water work.  

Our Girls


GCH Torrid Zone Holy Smoke! CGC,TKN,BN, RN, WWDX

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.

Spark is working on her Courier level water title.


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Barefoot In The Park

This adorable girl is owned by Jane & Ron Edelman 

She has competed in conformation and in the water 

Her get black wavy coat is impressive following her Paternal line.


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Reflets De Sol AWD, ACTII,CGC

Sizzle has a beautiful shiny black wavy coat. She finished her Championship handled by CJ Farve and continue her show career owner handled by me, her breeder. She has had multiple Owner handler Group wins. 

Sizzle earned the Apprentice level water title and started into Agility training earning an ACT II title. 

AKC chair
spark cash litter day 1
kid visitor
board meeting





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