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Portuguese Water Dog Temperament and Characteristics


In many instances, pets are as much a part of people's family as their own relatives. But choosing the appropriate pet is not that easy. That is why it is always wise to do your due diligence, and thoroughly research the right animal for your home. This is particularly true of dogs, since different breeds often have vast dissimilarities in personality, temperament and more.

Choose Your Breed
Choosing the right canine for your household is vital. Whether you prefer a big or small dog, a couple of primary determinants should be behavior and diet. If you cannot afford to feed, house or walk it, you might want to reconsider your options.

From terriers and shepherds, to poodles and hounds, there are literally thousands of breeds to pick from. Now if you really want a decent purebred, you can thank Dr. Vasco Bensuade for rescuing the Cao de Agua (dog of water) from the endangered species list in 1937. The Cao de Agua or Portuguese Water Dog, acquired its apt namesake because of its waterproof coat, and natural swimming ability.

Because of their strong stature, and loyalty, Portuguese Water Dogs were originally bred to accompany fisherman on their ventures. Despite their medium build, and less than 2 feet tall height at shoulder length, this active breed requires adequate space to roam. Therefore, smaller residences are not advised for this specific canine unless you have time to walk them regularly.  Although Portuguese Water Dog temperament is vibrant, they are still relatively easy to train, plus respond well to orders. Unfortunately, they are not usually good kennel dogs since they demand lots of room, and attentiveness due to their active personality.

Personal Traits
Albeit that the thick, curly hair of the Portuguese Water Dog is supposedly hypoallergenic, and does not shed much, this dog still needs constant grooming. So if you are in the market for an affectionate breed like this, remember that maintenance such as brushing, haircuts and baths must be included in the equation.

Another important factor to consider is that the Portuguese Water Dog is highly intelligent and very active. If you select this breed, you need to ensure that you train your pet from puppyhood. They can be great family dogs if properly trained, but can be a nuisance if left to their own devices.

Proper Recognition
The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially acknowledged the Portuguese Water Dog as a purebred in 1983, and it is also recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club. And ever since its 3 decades of being formally recognized, the canine ranking of this particular breed has steadily grown. To elaborate, in the 4 non-chronological years we will discuss, the Portuguese Water Dog's ranking increased dramatically. In 2003 it was ranked number 71, and five years later it rose up to 64 in 2008. In 2012, it was ranked number 55, and in 2013 it elevated six more spots to number 49.


Thus, the Portuguese Water Dog has quickly become one of the highest rated pets to obtain. The fact that this highly energetic, social dog will make a great companion for you and your family is reason enough for a nod of approval with regard to making a good choice.  For more information about Portuguese Water Dog’s, contact Kybra Kennels today!

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