• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Very friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Moderately protective
• High grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold
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This fun-loving dog breed has an adventurous spirit and gets along perfectly with children, pets and other dogs. The Portuguese Water Dog needs a lot of exercise and makes a perfect companion to an active person or family that enjoys spending time outdoors, and he’s a great swimming partner too. He is affectionate and responds well to direction, and is easily trainable to be highly obedient.
The Portuguese Water Dogs’ coat can be either wavy or even curly, and is often groomed in a lion clip or retriever clip. His expression clearly shows his spirited demeanor and he is attentive and sensitive to his owner’s wishes.
Be prepared to provide your Portuguese Water Dog with daily vigorous exercise to burn off all that energy he is blessed with. He’s happiest if he can live indoors but have lots of time in the yard during the day.
Comb his coat every other day and be prepared to have him clipped once a month.
Bred to be a part of a fisherman’s boat crew, the Portuguese Water Dog is adept at pulling nets, diving for fish, acting as messengers and also for being a great guard dog for his master. It’s thought his lineage comes from poodles and herding dogs from Asia, but once in Portugal he became his own breed and a highly valued one at that for fisherman.
Once traditional fishing methods were replaced by modernization their jobs became somewhat obsolete, however a wealthy shipping magnate saw the breed as worth saving, and helped to create a standard for the dog. Although they lost their English population by the 1950s, they made their way to the US and in 1984 the AKC recognized the breed. Today the Portuguese Water Dog have a healthy following and are a popular family pet.