December 2013 Eukanuba Dog Show Winner

Author: Holly Nelson

 The Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a working dog. In Portugal, the Portuguese water dog was bred to accompany fisherman on their boats. An exceptional swimmer and diver, the breed was known for retrieving broken nets, diving for fish, carrying messages between boats, and guarding boats for his master in foreign ports. The breed started disappearing in the early 20th century when technology made his daily job somewhat obsolete, but Dr. Vasco Bensaude, a wealthy Portuguese shipping magnate and dog fancier, saved the breed.

Could this be the breed for you?

This could be a great dog for you, if, you are athletic and have time for a very active dog. The Portuguese Water Dog requires vigorous exercise daily and does well with a large fenced yard, but would not be satisfied to be cooped up in a house or an apartment every day. This breed of dog is very intelligent and responds well to obedience training.  When obedience trained and with the correct amount of exercise The Portuguese Water Dog can be well behaved and fun to take to beaches and hiking.  

Hypoallergenic dog

The profuse coat is hypoallergenic, which is great for anyone who suffers with allergies from dog hair or dandruff, but the coat does require regular maintenance.  There are two kinds of professional haircuts for this breed. The lion clip (the coat on the hindquarters and muzzle are clipped to the skin) or the retriever clip (the entire coat is clipped to one inch in length and follows the outline of the dog).

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