Portuguese Water Dog
Portugal FCI 37 . Water Dogs

Cão de Água Português

The Portuguese Water Dog It is a kind and patient breed.



The Portuguese Water Dog It is a breed of dog of the Algarve, Portugal. They were used as working dogs by fishermen from time immemorial, but in the 20th century have become a rare breed.

While, los orígenes de la raza son algo oscuros, What if one certainty is that the history of these dogs is very old.
A probable reference to Portuguese Water Dog It is found in the text of a monk, that in 1297 describió el rescate de un marinero efectuado por un perro con características similares la raza de la que hablamos… “long, black hair, cut up the first rib, and with a tuft at the tip of the tail“.

El estándar común de la esquila de estos perros, Mark to be as the description of the monk. As well, a photo of early 19th century, It represents the arrival of the King of Portugal to the beach of Bethlehem, shows a water dog, swim to the boat of the King.

The closest relatives of the Portuguese Water Dog are Kerry Blue Terrier, the Barbet and the Poodle standard.

Originally, water dogs – excellent swimmer is- they were used by the Portuguese fishermen in their boats as helpers in varied tasks, como ser… el arreo de los peces a las redes, recuperación de objetos caían al agua, carrying messages between ships or between Earth and the sea, among others.

El escritor Raul Brandão, in his book the fisherman (1932), It describes the activity of a fishing boat in Olhao, and much of its description was based on these dogs and their marine skills.

A partir del siglo XX con el avance de las nuevas tecnologías tanto en la pesca como en la comunicación, the work that was usually done by dogs gradually was replaced, and there was no need to travel with dogs on board. Like everything else in life, el progreso tiene sus ‘pro’ y sus ‘contra’, en la década de 1930 el número de ejemplares de la raza disminuyó muchísimo y los pocos ejemplares que sobrevivieron se encontraban en la costa del Algarve.

The 1934 It was a crucial year for the subsistence of this breed, and perhaps the starting point of the recovery of the Portuguese Water Dog was the Lisbon Exhibition in 1934, under the direction of Frederick Pinto Soares. Aquí entra en la historia, Vasco Bensaude, un rico hombre de negocios que vivía en las Islas Azores, había asistido a este evento canino, porque también se dedicaba a la cría de perros de agua. He was so impressed with the Portuguese Water Dog What, decidió comprar cuatro ejemplares y comenzar así un programa de cría cuidadosa en su criadero, Algarbiorum. Y, what he achieved with the support of two loving friends in the race, Pinto Soares and Fernandes Marques.

In Lakes, encontró un hermoso macho que llamó Leão y fue llevado a Lisboa, followed by Dina, a female of Sesimbra. Two specimens found in the Algarve joined his Kennel, Nero, a male of curly hair and Venesa, a female of wavy hair. In 1937, born the first litter (de Leão y Dina). Dando comienzo a la saga “Algarbiorum”.

Vasco Bensaude was responsible for the recovery of the Portuguese Water Dog from Portugal and began the modern history of the breed. Fue el responsable de su criadero “Fausto Pereira Dos Santos”, and became an expert in the formation of Portuguese water dogs.

Durante muchos años, Vasco Bensaude se dedicó a la cría de perros pero cuando en 1968 sentía que su fin estaba cerca, delivered to Conchita Cintrón, Castelo Branco the 17 copies of Portuguese Water Dog que tenía en su criadero y todos sus archivos.
Conchita Cintrón, was a brilliant person, breeder of Pointers, llevaba a cabo la cría de Portuguese Water Dog in his Quinta do Indio, in Feijó, to the South of Lisbon.

Due to the tenacity and commitment to Conchita Cintrón dogs were placed in United States, where this wonderful race reached great popularity thanks to the commitment and efforts of another great personality in the history of this race, Mrs Miller Deyanne Farrell, He managed to diffuse them in America and around the world.

In 1972, In the United States, a group of breeders founded the (Portuguese Water Dog Club of America).

Physical characteristics

The Portuguese Water Dog it is a medium-sized breed, of strong Constitution, good muscular and compact body. Males have an ideal height for 54 cm., While the females measure approximately 46 cm.. The weight range from 19 until 25 kg in males and 16 and 22 kg in females.

There are two types of fur: long, wavy, with bright or short hair with hair is curly and more opaque.

The fur may be completely black, white or brown, or black or brown with white spots. El corte típico se hace en el hocico y la parte posterior del cuerpo, leaving a ball of hair at the tip of the tail, It gives an appearance of a lion.
Hair grows them continually so it required to be regularly brushed and trim or cut.

The haircut of the Portuguese Water Dog can be done in two ways or styles:

The lion Court

In the Lion Court, the hindquarters, the snout, and the base of the tail they shave and the rest of the body is left in its normal length. This is the traditional cut and perhaps the most functional, given the historical importance of race as a partner of a fisherman. El corte león disminuía el impacto inicial y el choque con el agua fría, given that performed various aquatic work. The hindquarters are afeitaban to allow easy movement of the hind legs and tail, used it as a rudder.

The Retriever cut

The Court Retriever is left 2,5 cm long in a uniform manner on the body (Although some owners prefer the part of the snout and the base of the shorter tail). Se trata de un corte más reciente y el estilo se originó porque los criadores querían hacer la raza más atractiva y menos inusual en busca de compradores.

Character and skills

Is considered an exceptionally intelligent animal, with an active temperament, slightly restless, but obedient. It is also very resistant to fatigue. It is an excellent swimmer, being able to dive and swim underwater to recover the lost objects.

En el Parque Natural de la Ría Formosa, one of the attractions is the kennel where he was saved from extinction by Portuguese Water Dog, today known as the dog Obama, y donde todavía hoy continúa criándose.

The Portuguese Water Dog he is an excellent companion, loving, independent and intelligent it is easy to train in tasks of obedience and agility skills.

Because they are working dogs, the Portuguese Water Dog, in general, suele estar siempre cerca de su amo a la espera instrucciones y si es –debidamente- trained, It is able and willing to follow orders very complex. They learn very quickly, They seem to enjoy the training, and they have a great memory for names of objects. Estas características y su pelaje de una sola capa, have not moved, makes an excellent dog services several such as assistance dogs for the deaf, perros guía, Therapy Dogs.

Are very good companions for people who understand what they need, the Portuguese Water Dog it is not a dog for everyone. Due to his intelligence and the need for unity in the work, require regular intensive exercise, así como los retos mentales. They are kind and patient, but not “teleadictos”, physical inactivity and boredom can awaken destructive behaviors.

Recently, the race gained an unexpected publicity after the family of the President of United States, Barack Obama, choose a Portuguese Water Dog como animal de compañía. The dog, called Bo, fue presentado al público 14 of April 2009, due to the great interest shown by the media.

Did you know??

The Portuguese Water Dog solía ser el mejor amigo del pescador, helping to push the fish into networks, to retrieve objects that fell to the water and to carry messages from ship to ship.

Valuations "Portuguese Water Dog"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Portuguese Water Dog" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
  • Section 3: Water Dogs. Without working trial.


  • Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC

  • FCI breed standard "Portuguese Water Dog"

    FCIFCI - Portuguese Water Dog

    Alternative names:

      1. Water Dog, Portie, PWD (English).
      2. chien d’eau, chien pêcheur portugais (French).
      3. Portugiesischer Wasserhund (German).
      4. Cão d’Água, Cão Pescador Português, Cão d’Água Algarvio (Portuguese).
      5. Cão de agua português (español).
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