Canadian Breeder Located in Ottawa Ontario

Retired Dogs

Here is a list of Acostar’s retired Champion and Grand Champion Portuguese water dogs. Click on each dog’s name to find out more about them.


Elkrun’s Make It So At Acostar “Captain”

American Grand Champion/Canadian Grand Champion

Photo of Grand Champion PWD - Captain

Photo of Grand Champion PWD – Captain

Reg#: AKC WS38392006 CKC 1116527
DOB: July 24, 2011
Hair: Brown with white/curly

Captain is a wonderfully loving and charming dog! Having a male dog in a home full of females most certainly changes the dynamic and can potentially make life more of a challenge but this boy is definitely worth it! He is calm, gentle and easy to train — Captain definitely rounded out our breeding program perfectly.

Here are some photos of Captain:


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Acostar’s London Lejay Cassis “Cassie”

Canadian Champion

Photo of Canadian Champion Portuguese Water Dog - Cassie

Photo of Canadian Champion Portuguese Water Dog – Cassie

Reg: CKC#XU380674
DOB: October 15, 2010
Hair: Black with white stripe on chest/Wavy

Cassie was the last puppy born in the Keke X Mackenzie litter and I think Keke must have been saving the best for last. This was such a nice litter that there was no question that we were going to keep a female to add to our breeding program. The choice came down to Cassie and one of her sisters and for weeks I compared the two and I just could not decide which I liked best. In the end I needed the guidance of some other breeder friends and Cassie was the one we kept. It has turned out to be an excellent choice. Cassie is affectionate, gentle with the kids, smart, and calm, just like her mother. She won a Best Puppy in Group at only 9 months old and we are very pleased with the way she is turning out. Cassie had 3 beautiful litters for us and is now retired and living with her forever family in Cold Lake Alberta.

Check out these stunning pics of Cassie:


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Oreobay Keke Beach Acostar “Keke”

American Grand Champion/Canadian Champion

Keke - Photo of champion Portuguese water dog (Canada)

Keke, WWD, CD, AN, ANJ, AIJ

Reg: AKC# WS22132705 CKC#1097522
DOB: April 28, 2007
Hair: Black with white/wavy

Dixie (OreoBay Ready To Run), Keke’s dam, was offered as an 8 week old puppy to be the foundation bitch of Acostar. Circumstances at the time were not right for us to have a puppy so we regretfully declined. Dixie grew into a very lovely little girl and after her first litter with Brutus (Ebb Tide’s Great Awakenings) it became our mission to get a girl from the litter from a repeated breeding of the two.

After what seemed like forever, the greatly anticipated litter began to arrive. First one boy, then two, then four, there were only five puppies expected so panic began to set in. Finally the last puppy born was a girl, our beautiful Keke, and was she ever worth the wait. She has absolutely beautiful conformation, exactly the type we had hoped for. And her temperament is the perfect blend of sweet and cuddly with a strong hey lets do something! She has been a marvellous addition to our family and holds her place as “the most special one”.  Although retired from breeding and getting up in age, she continues to compete in the area that she adores the most, Agility. Watch for more letters to be added at the end of her name soon!


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Acostar Lily’s Garden Shiraz “Lily”

Canadian Champion

Photo of Canadian Champion - Lily - PWD

Photo of Canadian Champion – Lily – PWD

Reg: CKC#ZA440671
DOB: January 14, 2012
Hair: Black with white front feet/wavy

Lily is puppy number 8 from our 8th litter! She comes from the long awaited breeding between our Keke and CH Sandstone’s Ziggy Stardust “Ziggy”. She has one of the most sweet and playful personalities that I have ever seen in a PWD. Lily spent most of her first year travelling and has become amazingly accommodating and adaptable to most living situations. She likes the water better than Keke so we have high hopes for her to follow in her mother’s footsteps and perhaps even surpass her mother’s accomplishments.

Here are some photos of sweet Lily:


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Acostar’s Porto Rubi “Ruby”

Canadian Champion

Photo of Acostar PWD Canadian Champion Ruby

Acostar PWD Canadian Champion Ruby

Reg: CKC#UA201127
DOB: January 14, 2008
Hair: Black with white/curly

Ruby was puppy #4 from Sabra’s third and final litter and with her it was a case of love at first site and I hoped she would be the pick of the litter so that we’d be able to keep her. She was given the “ruby red” ribbon and while she was with the litter she was always called “ruby red” so we had to work that into her registered name somehow. She grew and developed beautifully and when it came time to evaluate the litter at 8 weeks of age she stood out as the nicest girl so she became a permanent member of our family. We are so thrilled to have her especially because she is her mother all over again. She is sweet and gentle and amazingly laid back. She loves children and wants to be with the family all the time.

Ruby has grown into a truly stunning girl and she is admired by everyone from the judges in the ring to the other dog owners in the park. She completed her Canadian Championship very quickly (in only 4 shows) and produced 4 top quality litters for us. Ruby is now fully retired and living with a good friend Julie AuCoin and her daughter Aubree.

Here are some more pics of Ruby:


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Acostar Angelo’s Good As Gold “Phoenix”

Canadian Champion

Photo of Acostar PWD Canadian Champion Phoenix

Acostar Champion Phoenix – PWD

Reg: CKC# TN174370
DOB: July 18, 2007
Hair: Black & white/wavy

Phoenix is now neutered

The Tole family is proud to introduce our newest member Acostar Angelo’s Good As Gold, or Phoenix as we call him.

After researching many breed types we decided that the PWD was best suited for our family-and we definitely have not been disappointed! We first contacted Lesley, to arrange a visit to see her porties and were excited to find out we would have a chance to own one with Sabra having just had puppies. One of first concerns with any dog is temperament but after seeing how wonderful Sabra was and hearing the same about the sire Elton, we were determined to have a pup from this litter. When Lesley offered Phoenix as a show prospect puppy we wanted the opportunity to try him in the show ring.

Phoenix is a very handsome boy with a well proportioned head, a broad chest and strong forearms, and striking parti-colour markings we love! Most of all though, he has the wonderful temperament we were hoping for-confident (neither shy nor aggressive), energetic, intelligent and eager to learn with just enough self-will to keep us on our toes!! …and, he loves to be with his family. We hope for great things in the show ring from him and our eldest daughter would love to give junior handling and agility/obedience trials a try. No matter what comes of that though, he’ll always be a cherished member of our family first and foremost. Also, thank you Lesley for your help and on-going support.

Take a look at some photos of Phoenix:



Where to next? Check out our list of current breeding dogs or get information on our current and future litters!