Portuguese Water Dog originated from the southernmost region of Portugal. They were trained to herd fish into the nets, retrieve broken nets, and act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. As a result, The breed became very useful, especially to fishermen. Its closest relatives were assumed to be the Standard Poodle.
Portuguese Water Dogs comes in the colors: white, black with white or brown with white or brown. They are muscular, medium sized dogs with the hardy build. The head of it is large and broad and their ears are in the shape of a heart, hang down next to the head. They have dark, alert and expressive eyes. Their coat is thick and curly or wavy and because there is no undercoat, they shed very lightly and these dogs have webbed feet fit for swimming.
Portuguese Water Dogs make great companions because of their loving, independent, and intelligent nature. These dogs can also be trained in obedience and agility quite easily. These dogs need lots of mental stimulation and exercise and they love being in the water.
A Portuguese Water Dog’s average life span is 11 to 14 years. These dogs may encounter concerns including Addison’s disease, follicular dysplasia, hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, progressive retinal atrophy and glycogen storage disease.