Have you ever met someone who is basically happy doing anything? The Portie is the canine version. Being intelligent and alert, he picks things up quickly, and loves showing off what he’s learned. So when you’re heading out the door, he’ll give you a penetrating, expectant look, plumed-tail wagging, and you won’t be able to resist bringing him along. Kids, animals, other dogs: The PWD welcomes them all. As his middle name suggests, water is the Portuguese Water Dog’s favorite place to be—as long as you’re there, too.
Did You Know?
The Portuguese Water Dog once existed all along Portugal's coast, where it was taught to herd fish into nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as a courier from ship to ship, or ship to shore.
There are two "clips" or cuts that are considered acceptable on the Portuguese Water Dog: the lion clip (with a shorn rear) and the working clip (with all hair left intact).
The Portuguese Water Dog coat is profuse, non-allergenic, non-shedding, and waterproof.
The Portuguese Water Dog has webbed feet.
When Portugal faced social upheaval in the early 20th century, Dr. Vasco Bensuade, a wealthy Portuguese shipping magnate and dog fancier, took it upon himself to save the Portuguese Water Dog breed.
Sixteen people met at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Miller, who had received a pair of the breed in a rare-breed trade, in order to form the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. The breed became an AKC breed in January 1984.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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