Portuguese water hound

portuguese water hound

Bo, America's First Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog has been bred for centuries as a working dog and companion for Portuguese coastal fisherman as a loyal retriever, net handler, and fish "herder".

Today, the breed — affectionately known as the Portie or PWD — is well-regarded for its playful temperament and dynamic personality.

Like the poodle . it is a single-coat breed that sheds little, benefitting families or children with allergies to pet dander. For these reasons, the Portuguese Water Dog has been chosen by President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, as America's "First Dog."

Portuguese Water Dog behavior & personality

Bred as a practical working dog, the Portie is genetically predisposed to following commands.

However, while they love retrieving the daily newspaper (or better still,

a frisbee), be prepared for a test of wills if a particular command offends the Portie's highly developed intellect. Training this dynamic dog can be frustrating at times, but ultimately rewarding.

Loyal and loving to their masters, they make excellent watchdogs and are usually great with kids.

Be warned, however, that supervision is highly recommended around younger children, as Porties may be a bit too rambunctious for toddlers. A warning to friends and neighbors may be in order, too, since Portuguese Water Dogs are known for their unbridled enthusiasm when meeting and greeting a friendly face at the front door.

True to its name, the Portuguese Water Dog has a love of the water that is legendary and will always enjoy puddle-jumping out in the rain or a nice jump into a nearby lake.

Care & health

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