10+ Amazing Facts About Portuguese Water Dogs You Might Not Know

The Portuguese Water Dog is one of the oldest European breeds, although now these animals are considered rare, and they are not widespread in Europe and the world as a whole. However, at one time in Spain and Portugal, they were highly valued and kept in many families.

#1 Portuguese Water Dogs are active dogs that require a high level of exercise given their work history.

#2 Portuguese Water Dogs once served as crew on fishing trips, retrieving lost gear and herding fish into nets.

#3 Today, this dog breed makes for a fun-loving family companion — represented by Bo Obama, former First Dog of the US — who still retains their intelligence and love of the water, not to mention the webbed feet, that made them so valuable to their human family.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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