Portuguese Water Dog Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Portuguese Water Dog was originally a hunting dog introduced to the Iberian Peninsula by Moors from North Africa; it is as a fishermens dog that he excels. Loving water, and accomplished diver, he would accompany them on voyages, retrieving nets or tackle that had fallen overboard and taking messages from ship to shore by carrying them in waterproof cylinders.
The Portuguese Water Dog is described in the Breed Standard as being “self-willed” and as a puppy he needs to be challenged to reduce his tendency to stubbornness. Very intelligent and energetic he is obedient to his owner but needs the opportunity to use his energy constructively. His popularity has had a substantial boost since becoming part of the US First Family and you will find breeders very cautious about selling a puppy to someone who has no real knowledge of the demands of this breed.
Medium sized at up at 22½” and weighing about 25kg, his coat is, unusually of two types. It is either long, loosely waved with a slight sheen, or short, harsh and dense with compact curls. Both types of coat are clipped over the hindquarters, leaving a long plume on the tail. He can be black, white, shades of brown or black with white and brown with white.
Not a numerically large breed in the UK, he needs ample exercise and a fair bit of attention to grooming if he is to look typical. It is thought that the Portuguese Water Dog could have played a part in the development of the Kerry Blue when Portuguese ships were wrecked off the coast of Southern Ireland.
Rescue and Re-homing
First contact your dog’s Breeder or one of the Breed Clubs. The Portuguese is a specialist breed and needs careful placement.