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The Portugese Water Dog is closely related to the Standard Poodle and the Barbet. The Portugese Water dog (aka. Algarvian Water Dog), is a working breed that originated in the Algarve region of Portugal (most southern region). These dogs worked the fishing boats, where their duties were as follows:

  • herd fish into fishermen's nets (this I would like to see...)
  • retrieve lost tackle
  • retrieve broken nets
  • act as ship to ship couriers
  • act as ship to shore couriers

This breed of dog is built for swimming. Typical traits of Portugese Water Dogs include:

  • Webbed toes for swimming
  • Sturdy muscular bodies and strong bones
  • Strong legs
  • Highly intelligent
  • Eyes are consistently black
  • Coats colors: black, brown, may have bits of white
  • Non-shedding, some breeders claim that they are hypoallergenic.
  • Curly coats, wavy or tightly curled
  • Quiet dogs, but they will vocally communicate with their owners or bark when the "den" is approached
  • Obedient and Intelligent, willing and able to follow complex commands
  • Easily trained in obedience and agility skills
  • Strong retrieving instincts
  • They may become destructive if bored.
  • Excellent loving companions, enjoy being petted
  • Intensely loyal to the "alpha" member of the family.
  • They don't like to be left alone for extended periods of time
  • Good working therapy dogs

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