FancylinebreakAbout the Portuguese Water Dogs:

The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of working dog as classified by the American Kennel Club. Portuguese water dogs are originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve, from where the breed expanded to all around Portugal’s coast, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen’s nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets and to act as couriers between ships or ship to shore. In Portugal the breed is called Cao de Aqua. The Portuguese Water Dog is a fairly rare breed. Though some breeders claim they are a hypoallergenic breed, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that any breed is hypoallergenic. They are non-shedding and their hair needs to be groomed on a regular basis. PWD’s have either curly or wavy coats and require regular brushing and trimming into the traditional lion clip or into the more recent style of the retriever clip. They should have strong substantial bone and a solidly built muscular body that is slightly off square. They should have an impressive head and a powerful thickly based tail that they carry gallantly or use as a purposeful rudder when swimming and webbed toes. They are a highly intelligent utilitarian breed that is loving, and is easily trained in obedience and agility skills. Eyes are black or various tones of brown and coats can be black, brown, black and white or brown and white. In Portugal, the breed standard does not allow more than 30% white markings.

Male Portuguese water dogs are usually between 20 and 23 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 60 pounds while the females are usually about 17 to 21 inches tall and weigh between 35 and 50 pounds.

Portuguese Water Dogs are working dogs and make excellent loyal companions and alert guards. They are a highly intelligent utilitarian breed that is loving, and is easily trained in obedience and agility skills. They are content to be by their owner’s side both indoors and outdoors. Because they have a strong working drive they require regular intensive exercise as well as mental challenges to keep them occupied and to positively channel their energy.

A Portuguese Water Dog will provide you with a lifetime of precious memories!