ORIGIN: Portugal.


UTILIZATION: Assistance in fishing and retrieving and family dog.

F.C.I. CLASSIFICATION: Group 8 Retrievers-Flushing Dogs-Water Dogs.
Section 3 Water Dogs. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: In ancient times, the Portuguese Water Dog spread throughout the entire Portuguese coast. Today, due to the continuous changes in fishing systems, it can be found mainly in the region of Algarve, which can be now called its home. Its presence in the Portuguese coats is probably very remote, and thus the Portuguese Water Dog should be considered an autochthonous Portuguese breed.

GENERAL APPEARANCE AND APTITUDE: Mesomorph, slightly convex outline tending to rectilinear; braco´d type. Harmonious in shape, balanced, strong and well muscled. Considerable development of the muscles due to constant swimming. An excellent and resistant swimmer and diver, it is the inseparable companion of the fisherman, to whom it performs a multitude of tasks, both in fishing and in guarding and protecting its boat and property. During the fishing, it will willingly jump to sea to catch and retrieve escaped fish, diving if necessary, and performing the same way if a net breaks or a cable escapes. It is also used as a liaison between boat and shore or viceversa, even at great distances.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Mediolign (mesomorph), with body length approximately equal to height at the withers. Height at the withers/chest height relation of 2:1; skull length/muzzle length proportion of 4:3.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Exceptionally intelligent, understands and obeys easily and happily any order given by its owner. An animal with impetuous disposition, wilful, courageous, sober and resistant to fatigue. It has a harsh, penetrating and attentive expression. Of great visual and remarkable olfactory faculties.

HEAD: Well proportioned, strong and wide.

Skull: Seen in profile it is slightly longer than the muzzle (4:3).Its curvature is more accentuated in the back and the occipital protuberance is pronounced. Seen from the front the parietal bones are dome-shaped with a slight depression in the middle, the front is slightly hollow, the frontal furrow extends to two thirds of the parietal bones and the supraciliary arches are prominent.
Stop: Well defined and slightly behind the inner edge of the eyes.

Nose: Wide, well open nostrils and finely pigmented. Black in black, white and pied animals. In brown specimens the nose is the same colour as the coat, but never marbled.
Muzzle: Straight, wider at the base than at the extremity.
Lips: Strong, especially in the front. Inconspicuous commissure. Mucous membranes (palate, under the tongue and gums) deeply black pigmented.
Jaws/Teeth: Strong and correct. Healthy and unapparent teeth. Strong and well developed canines.
Eyes: Medium sized; regular, level, rounded, set well apart and slightly slant. The iris is black or brown and the lids, thin, are black edged. Unapparent conjunctive.
Ears: Set above the eye line, held against the head, slightly lifted off in the rear and heart-shaped. Thin, their extremity never reaches below the throat.

NECK: Straight, short, round, muscled, well set and carried high, connecting to the body in harmonious transition. Without ruff or dewlap.

BODY:Top line: Straight and horizontal.
Withers: Wide and not prominent.
Back: Straight, short, wide and well muscled.
Loin: Short and well connected to the croup.
Croup: Well conformed, slightly sloping; symmetrical and hardly apparent hips.
Chest: Wide and deep. Its inferior edge should reach the elbow. The ribs are long and regularly sprung, providing great respiratory capacity.
Bottom line and belly Reduced volume and graceful.

TAIL: Entire, of medium set, thick in the base tapering towards the end. Should not reach below the hock. When attentive curls in a ring, not reaching beyond the medium line of the loin. It is a useful aid in swimming and diving.