Portuguese Water Dog or Cao De Agua - the water retrieving dog of Portugal
Portuguese Water Dog was a very good friend to the fisherman in Portugal. It can retrieve lost items and catch in the water, it also deliver messages between boats. A very good working dog, obedient and alert dog which was from the region of Algarve, Portugal. It was believed to be a familiar sight at the fishing port of the Iberian Peninsula and Algarve but in the later part this breed fell to about 50 in 1960s.
A good swimmer, it has a long wavy curly hair coat, in the later years another version of the breed has a rather shorter and thicker wavy curly hair coat. This energetic breed also make a good show dog in a ring. For the show purposes, the coat at the hindquarters are clipped from the last rib, two third of the tail coat is also clipped. When it is not clipped, it looks a little like a Poodles without clipped but the hair coat is not as curly as Poodle.
country of origin : Portugal
since : 1500s
height : 41 - 56cm (16 - 22in)
weight : 16 - 25kg (35 - 55lb)
coat : thick wavy curly hair coat, black or black with little dark brown
temperament : alert, obedient and loyal, good water retriever dog and good guard dog
characteristics : not social to stranger
feeding : large appetite
exercise : plenty, enjoy swimming
grooming : daily brush
**Other dog breeds that look alike to Portuguese Water Dog : Barbet of France, Irish Water Spiniel of Ireland and Germany Standard Poodle without clipped.
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