About Portuguese Water Dogs

History of the Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese water dogs can be traced back to the Algarve Region along the Coast of Portugal.  The Pwd is a working dog and was valued as a fisherman’s companion and guard dog back in the early days before the technology of today.  They were used as messengers between boats and retrievers of fishing gear, and also capable of rescuing some fishermen who couldn’t swim.

This is only a generalized summary of their  history and if  considering this breed I would encourage getting more detailed information about their history, personalities, health and so much more by starting here with the PWD Club of America  PWDCA.

Portuguese Water Dog swimming out in ocean

                         Click Picture to view VLife’s                                    (Algarve Portugal News) News Story of Pwds

Portuguese water dogs are very intelligent and are born as a thinking working dog who requires ample activity.  I am amazed at how well they dive under the water to retrieve, such as our Freeman which you can read about here.  As mentioned above they were not only a working dog, but considered an important crew member on the boat and was paid as such.  With all the qualities they possess along with their aim to please they would excel at agility, rally, obedience, water working sports and various other competitions.

 JanesDog is an execellent website that has a plethora of valuable information and advice about the PWD as well as other dog breed information HERE

Personality of The PWD

Portuguese Water Dogs are from the working Dog class meaning they are a highly energetic dog and extremely intelligent.  No doubt you have done some research and already know this.  One needs to really consider the intelligence of this breed.  They are very easily trained, but can outsmart the owner if one becomes lackadaisical.  Therefore, obedience training is a must.   

My experience has been they make great companions and guardians, learn very quickly (both good or bad behavior), very loving and extremely loyal.   Quite often due to their innate retrieving aptitude it is quite normal to find them fetching socks, hats, gloves, shoes and other handy items, but on the more serious side they can get a bit nippy as they are learning what is acceptable.  Learning this begins with mother and litter mates.  

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