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Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs have webbed feet, making them exceptional swimmers, and their strong senses of sight and smell have helped to make them invaluable companions of fishermen.

About the Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dogs are robust, intelligent dogs with a tight, curly coat and a strong desire to work.

As extraordinary swimmers and divers, Portuguese Water Dogs are famous among fishermen, not only out helping at sea, but guarding their boats and other property. On board, they follow the action attentively, jumping in and even diving deeper to retrieve any fish that manage to slip the hook or net.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Portugal
Group
FCI Group 8, AKC Working Group
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
10–14 years

Intelligent / Obedient / Friendly / Loving / Lively

Key facts

  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Gentle with children
  • Needs little training

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