The courageous, lively Portuguese Water Dog was bred to assist fishermen at sea by retrieving, diving and guarding. The breed’s webbed feet, robust body and waterproof coat make him a superior swimmer. Obedient and affectionate, the energetic, athletic Portuguese Water Dog requires daily exercise. His thick, hypoallergenic coat sheds minimally, but regular grooming is recommended.
The Portuguese Water Dog originated in Portugal, where the breed is called the Cao de Agua, or “dog of water.” He also is commonly referred to as the Portuguese Fishing Dog.