The PWDCA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit member organization. It is led by a volunteer board (with 10 elected members) and supported by active member participation in several committees. There are 18 sanctioned regional clubs, which provide local support, events, and community for PWD owners.
The commitment of the PWDCA to the health and quality of the breed led to the creation and maintenance of the PWD Health & Litter Log. Additional health programs and research are funded by the PWDCA and its members.
The PWDCA has been a leader among national dog clubs, due to its dedication to advancing research in canine health issues. The organization is responsible for a variety of programs that teach and assist breeders, support junior members, and encourage participation in many PWD activities. It also is responsible for the award-winning publication of The Courier.
Membership is open to Portuguese Water Dog breeders, owners, and enthusiasts.
The PWDCA National Specialty Company, LLC is a for-profit company under which all National Specialty Committees organize.
During the week-long annual event, PWDs and their owners from across the world participate in "dog" events (including conformation, obedience, rally, water trials, agility and more) and "people" events (including health education seminars, social dinner and auctions).
Money is raised for the various health funds and research projects that are supported by the PWDCA, Inc.