Whether curly or wavy, regular grooming of this breed is necessary. The Water Dogs ears, nails, and teeth should be cleaned weekly. Although the coat does not shed, it must be combed or brushed thoroughly several times a week to prevent matting and tangling, and to remove broken hairs and debris from the coat. As the coat is hair, not fur, it continues to grow, just as your hair does. This necessitates frequent baths and regular hair cuts to maintain the health of the hair and skin as well as the appearance of the dog. You can learn to bathe and groom your Water Dog yourself or have it done by a professional groomer. The Standard for the Portuguese Water Dog describes the two clips for the breed.