Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of working dog as classified by the American Kennel Club. Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve, from where the breed expanded to all around Portugal’s coast, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen’s nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. It is a loyal companion and alert guard. This highly intelligent utilitarian breed is distinguished by two coat types, either curly or wavy; an impressive head of considerable breadth and well-proportioned mass; a ruggedly built, well -knit body; and a powerful, thickly based tail, used purposefully as a rudder.
The PWD possesses an active, zestful, happy disposition. The PWD is a sociable canine. This enables it to get along with people and other animals when its working. When trained in a positive manner, the dog exhibits a strong willingness to please by responding to direction with intelligence and eagerness. All in all, the dog impresses your eye with its beauty, strength and ” spirited” attitude.
Size: males height ,20 to 23 inches; the ideal is 22 inches. Females, 17 to 21 inches; the ideal is 19 inches. Weight for males,42 to 60 pounds; for females, 35 to 50 pounds.