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Portuguese Water Dog


General Information - Portuguese Water Dog


Group:
Utility

Size:
Large

Lifespan:
10 – 14 years

Exercise:
High

Grooming:
Very high

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
High

Protection Ability:
Medium

Area of Origin:
Portugal

Date of Origin:
Middle Ages Other

Names:
Cao de Agua Original

Function:
Fishing aid



History

The Portuguese Water Dog is also known as the Portuguese Fishing Dog, the Diving Dog and the Sea Dog; whose homeland of Portugal, and is called the Cao de Agua which means "dog of the water". Although the ancestors of the Portuguese water dog are difficult to trace, what is known about this breed from Portugal is that it is a true seaman's companion. The strong, muscular dog is an excellent swimmer and diver and was used extensively on fishing boats to retrieve fish and fishing gear, as well as to carry messages from one boat to another, or to shore. It also served well as guard dog and friend. It is suited to country or city living, but shines most in a family of water sports enthusiasts.

Temperament

The lively Portuguese Water Dog enjoys human company and enjoys working for its master. It is affectionate, loyal and intelligent but can also be strong-headed and stubborn. The Portuguese Water Dog used to be used primarily in the Portuguese fishing industry to guard boats, carry messages between boats and retrieve anything that fell overboard. This breed gets along well with children and other dogs. Portuguese Water Dogs respond to tone of voice.

Upkeep

This active breed needs daily physical and mental exercise, preferably involving swimming and retrieving. Otherwise, it needs a long walk or jog or a vigorous romp. The Portuguese Water Dog can live outdoors in temperate climates, but it is generally happier living close to its family and spending days in the yard. Its coat needs combing every other day, plus monthly clipping or scissoring.