Portugese Water Dog
Posted at 18:00 - 30th July - Sarah Booth
We’ve all heard of sea turtles, sea horses and sea cats, but what about sea dogs?
With a thick coat of curly hair, big bushy tail and black shiny nose, the Portuguese Water Dog isn’t the first animal you would expect to see diving in our lakes and rivers, yet this breed would make the perfect companion for your summer adventures on boat, canoe or raft.
Affectionate and Adventurous
Traditionally Portuguese Water Dogs were used to herd fish into nets and courier messages and live cargo from ship to ship. Portuguese Fisherman counted on the strong muscular dogs to be hard working and sea worthy, as they would travel in trawlers from Portugal to the freezing cold waters of Iceland to find their catch.
Now a popular household pet, the Portuguese Water Dog is happiest being taken for long walks (around water), vigorous exercise (involving water) and getting involved in agility play (water related!). They love nothing more than getting stuck into household activities, especially if these activities are based in the outdoors and require lots of running around!
This affectionate, adventurous dog makes a perfect outdoor companion due to its eagerness to please and willingness to be trained, although their independent, stubborn streak means that training should be done with a firm but gentle hand! Once trained this dog will stick closely to your side, learn quickly and relish any extra physical and mental challenges that come their way.
Incredible therapy and help
With the right training and socialization, Portuguese Water Dogs also make great therapy dogs and are often used to help patients in hospitals, hospices and schools.
With the right training and socialization, Portuguese Water Dogs also make great therapy dogs and are often used to help patients in hospitals, hospices and schools. They are also used as hearing and mobility dogs helping people with household tasks that they are unable to do by themselves.
The Portuguese Water Dog is relatively unknown in the UK but we think outdoor credentials like this should be celebrated and we hope to see more of them swimming near our shores in the not too distant future.