|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)|
Background The Portuguese Water Dog is one of the more ancient breeds. It was bred to work off fishing boats, and was considered so valuable as to be equal to the value of a deck hand. Indeed, they were even paid the same wages as a deck hand! It was considered an honour to be put in charge of ensuring the dog was looked after. It would undertake duties such as swimming out with the fishing nets, herding fish into nets, moving buoys, taking messages between boats, and picking up items dropped overboard. It would often eat raw whole fish for dinner.
Average Lifespan The Portuguese Water Dog should live to between 10-15 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament This breed was bred to work and also share small spaces on a boat with people. They would also guard the boat from sea lions and pirates. Translated into today’s environment, this means the breed loves exercise, has a friendly temperament with friends and family and will bark at strangers. The dog will develop problem behaviours if left ignored and not exercised enough. They thrive best when considered part of your family. Positive training methods are always recommended.
Compatibility with other pets These dogs will get on well with other animals if introduced early. Like most breeds, some may show instincts to chase small animals. Ensure your dog is socialised early.
Care Requirements This breed has a coat like a poodle that will continue to grow. This means that it will require two brushing sessions of about 10 minutes each per week and its coat to be cut every two months or so. The Portuguese Water Dog also does best when fed an all natural diet. This will also significantly reduce the risk for some health problems including hip dysplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, and bloat.
Ideal Owner/s The ideal owner of this breed is one that will treat the dog like a family member. Ideal owners ensure that it gets fed a natural diet, is regularly exercised, and that it becomes a good canine citizen.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Portuguese Water Dog and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.