****** WOW!... We are PWDCA's #1 Breeder of the Year for both 2008 and 2009 and placed 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and for 2012 we are #2 Outstanding Breeder. We rarely make #1  because the program favors single litters of titled dogs, and Cutwater produces many titled dogs from several litters!

The Breeder of the Year program awards breeders who produce Champions and working titled offspring from a few litters - ie more Champions and working titles from ONE litter.

What Breeder of the Year Means

Strength and staying power in a breeding program are the result of proven depth in pedigree and performance. Cutwater's breeding program began with that depth and continues with it.

Our foundation bitch, Ch White Cap Craca CD AD was out of one of the all-time top producing PWD bitches, Ch Keel Beleza, CDX. Craca's daughter, Ch Cutwater's The Divine Miss M, won Best of Opposite Sex above 136 other bitches at the 1992 PWDCA National Specialty. One of 5 champions out of "M", her daughter, "Mandy", Am/Can Ch Cutwater Hope and Glory CD RN MX MXJ AD NAD WWD GROM AOM, has continued the tradition of excellence. By age 4, Mandy had earned American and Canadian breed championships, won a 1996 Nat'l. Specialty Award of Merit, and received multiple agility and water work titles. Mandy continued to earn titles throughout her life, earning her Rally Novice title at age 10. Mandy's daughter, Ch Cutwater Rise and Shine CD, MX, AXJ, AD, OAC, NJC, NGC, JWD, CGC , earned a Jr. Certificate in water work at 6 months of age, and continued to earn titles until she was 9 years old and is the foundation bitch for the very successful Freestyle Portuguese Water Dogs, and is the dam of Multiple Best in Show, Multiple Best in Specialty Show Ch Freestyle Ocean Breeze WWD NA NAJ AOMx4 "Spencer".

Another Craca daughter, Ch Cutwater's Beroe, was the 1989 #1 Bitch in Breed.  Beroe is the dam of Ch Cutwater's I'm BJ of Robel, the 1997 #4 Top Ten sire, a multiple Best of Breed winner and Group Placer.  BJ, an Award of Merit winner at Westminster Kennel Club in 1993,  produced the 1995 Nat'l. Specialty Best of Opposite Sex winner, Ch Bobest Roederer of Robel.  Beroe is also the dam of Ch Cutwater's Isabelle of Robel, who produced the 1996 All Breed Top Ten placer and PWDCA #2 in Breed, Ch Cutwater's High Fidelity.

The Craca daughter, Ch Cutwater's Bonaventure, CD AD AWD SROM POM was an outstanding bitch who tied for the PWDCA #3 Top Dam in both 1990 and 1991. Many of her offspring have earned breed championships and working titles.

Ch Cutwater's Carly Hamilton, another Craca daughter, produced Ch Cutwater's Knight Errant, CDX, AX, WWD, ADCH, one of the country's top agility dogs. Ch Cutwater's Kit Kat, also out of Carly, has produced 4 dogs who have earned water work titles.

Ch Cutwater Poetic Justice JWD won the 2000 PWDCA Nat'l. Specialty Sweepstakes, from her five puppies, three are Champions and her line continues with beautiful dogs. Her Great-Granddaughter, Ch Cutwater Jagger's Platinum Record RN WWD continues in that line and in 2010 won the PWDCA Nat'l Specialty Sweepstakes. Jagger also earned her Junior and Apprentice Water titles in 2010, and her Working Water Dog title in 2011 and continues to work for fun and enjoyment earning titles along the way.

Cutwater regularly competes and places in the classes at the National Specialties; in 2006 placements were won in Veteran Bitches 7-9 and 11 and over, in the Sweepstakes, Futurity, Working Dog Class and Bred By Exhibitor. We also and titled in Rally Advanced and competed in agility and water. We have placed in the TOP TEN PWDCA awards annually for 8 out of the last ten years, and have been the PWDCA's Breeder of the year for 2008 and 2009 and #2 Breeder for 2010.

Ch Cutwater The Best Is Yet To Come won winners bitch at the Canadian National Specialty in 2010, and her sister Cutwater Come Dance With Me, won SUPERDOG at the 2011 PWDCA National Specialty, which is a competition spread over multiple venues (breed, obedience, rally, agility and water).

We have also had several winners at Nutmeg Portuguese Water Dog Club's Specialty, held annual in Fairfield County in June. In 1999 we were awarded Winners Dog and also Winners Bitch, in 2010 Winners Dog.

Our current working dog is  "Pippin", Ch Cutwater The Appple Of My Eye BN RE AX AXJ XF AAD WWD. Pippin won HIT in Agility at the Canadian PWD Club's Annual Specialty in 2010, and is a Group Placing PWD in the Bred By Exhibitor Class.  Pippin is three years old, and is the daughter of "Bessie" Ch Cutwater Love Me Do CD RA AX OAJ WWD GROM POM AOM.  Bessie, one of the few bitches to earn the title of POM under the new PWDCA rules,  is now retired and enjoying lazing around and playing in the garden with the youngsters.  She has multiple breed Champion and Working Titled offspring.

These examples of winning performances, spanning multiple generations, are proof that the CUTWATER breeding program is consistent and predictable.This proven consistency is your guarantee that a CUTWATER-bred dog is healthy, possesses the correct breed characteristics, is of sound temperament, and is a capable and willing worker.

Please also visit our Current Dogs page on this website to see the latest wins.
The Cutwater Breeding Program
Ch White Cap Craca CD
winning a 5 pt major over specials and Breed
Our Foundation Bitch
Ch Cutwater's The Divine Miss M
Best Opposite Sex PWDCA Specialty 1992
Ch Cutwater Poetic Justice JWD
PWDCA Specialty Sweepstakes Winner 2000
"What a feminine bitch, yet so sound and well-balanced. her head was extremely well-proportioned with very dark eyes placed well; her expression was attentive and happy. She had a black, curly coat of correct texture and deep dolor, an excellent front, extremely sound rear, good hocks, excellent topline and tail carriage. Her movement was well-balanced and her performance excellent at all times. "

- 1992 Nat'l. Specialty Judge Carla Molinari describing Cutwater's The Divine Miss M in the January 1993 AKC Gazette
Ch Cutwater's Bonaventure CD AWD AD SROM POM
"Bonnie" - wavy lion clip
photo copyright Jane Harding
Bessie - Working Water Dog title
Ch Cutwater Love Me Do
Photo © Jen Bale-O'Connell
Ch Cutwater Leather and Lace NA NAJ
Nutmeg PWD Club Specialty 1999
Ch Cutwater Love Me Do
Award of Merit 2002 Nationall Specialty
Ch Cutwater The Best Is Yet To Come
Winners Bitch
PWD Club of Canada National Specialty 2010
 Cutwater Jagger's Platinum Record
Best Puppy in Sweepstakes PWDCA Specialty 2010. Photo © Jenna Bullis
Am/Can Ch
Cutwater Hope and Glory
Award of Merit PWDCA National Specialty