Original Name : Cão de Agua Português
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 19¾-22½ inches
Male weight : 42-55 lbs
Female size : 17-20½ inches
Female weight : 35¼-48½ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Portugal
Portuguese Water Dogs are impetuous, determined, proud, simple and tireless. These dogs of severe, alert and penetrating expression possess excellent sight and smell. They are exceptionally intelligent, able to understand any commands and obey them with pleasure. In 2009, a Portuguese Water Dog moved into the White House, when the president’s daughters were presented with a puppy they named Bo.
Well proportioned, strong and broad.
Broad, inconspicuous withers, straight, short, broad, very muscular back, short loins well coupled to the croup, which is well formed and slightly sloping, broad, deep chest.
Self-colored in various shades of white, black or brown or a combination of black and brown with white.
Set above eye level, carried close to the head with the rear edge lifted away slightly, thin, heart-shaped.
Carried ring-shaped when the dog is alert, important for swimming and diving.
Abundant weather-resistant coat over the entire body without undercoat; two varieties: long and wavy or short and curly.
Portuguese Water Dogs have lived and worked all along the Atlantic seaboard in Portugal for centuries, but with the modernization of fishing their population has been limited to the Algarve, which is considered to be the modern breed’s native region. Portuguese Water Dogs are medium-sized, well balanced, robust and very muscular, thanks to their regular swimming forays.
As extraordinary swimmers and divers Portuguese Water Dogs are indispensible companions of fishermen, not only out at sea, but to guard their boats and other property. On board, they follow the action attentively, jumping in and even diving deeper to retrieve any fish that manage to slip the hook or net. They will also swim out to retrieve a broken net or loose mooring.