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    Portuguese Water Dog |Portugal|

    Portuguese Water Dog |Portugal|

    The Portuguese Water Dog, also known as the Lion Dog, is an intelligent and energetic breed that—with its webbed feet, muscular frame, and water-resistant coat—is a superb water dog. Typically their coats are kept in a lion clip (the coat on hindquarters and muzzle is clipped to the skin) or a retriever clip (the entire coat is clipped to one inch) and requires a lot of attention. These are sociable, lively, friendly dogs that excel in many activities including hunting, obedience, service, assistance, and agility, and thrive when given a job to do.

    History

    This ancient breed dates to pre-Christian times and is thought to have developed on the Central Asian steppes before spreading westward into Europe with the migrations of nomadic tribes. It is surmised that they share a heritage similar to the German Poodle and gave rise to the Irish Water Spaniel. In Portugal these dogs were widespread among fishing communities and an essential part of fishermen’s lives. The dogs accompanied fishermen on their boats, helped to retrieve nets, carried tackle and messages between boats, guarded boats and homes, and even allegedly “herded” fish into nets. They are superbly water adapted and will dive to retrieve and swim with ease. With advancing technology, their role became less important, and the breed began to disappear. They were saved in the 1930s by Vasco Bensaude, a wealthy businessman who began breeding them in Portugal, and they first arrived in the United States in the late 1960s.

    Portuguese Water Dog puppies can be independent, lively, and like to “voice their opinion”!

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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