Portuguese water dog: breed description
In the Middle Ages an interesting dog appeared in Portugal. Accurate information about the occurrence of this breed has not been preserved, but there is an opinion that it was in the fifth and seventh centuries. Much later, the Portuguese water dog became known in Europe. Some experts associate her appearance on the continent with the Visigoths, others with African Moors.
Initially, the Portuguese water dog was used by fishermen, whom she helped set up and pull nets. Also swimming these animals delivered important messages from one vessel to another. Sometimes they even hunt rabbits.
Today, these beautiful companion dogs often "serve" as guards. Hunters still appreciate their ability to get game from the water.
Portuguese water dog (photo attached) - an unusually strong animal. This breed is characterized by selfless devotion to its owner. It has a large dome-shaped head, a broad chest with convex ribs, arrested (artificially) tail with a tassel at the end. The height of the animal is from forty-three to fifty-seven centimeters, weight - from sixteen to twenty-five kilograms. The most common color is black, although there are black-and-white, brown-white individuals. brown and white colors. Usually, the hair on the hind legs and croup is cut, and on the chest and front legs it is left as it is. It is very thick, wavy and long.
The photos of the Portuguese water dog presented in this article perfectly demonstrate its appearance. These animals need increased physical exertion, so the owners of these dogs should not be bored. They love active games that require physical strength. They are recommended to take on the hunt and in difficult long hikes.
Portuguese water dog is easy to train. Thanks to their natural acumen, endurance and strength, these animals are indispensable when fishing or hunting.
The Portuguese water dog is very intelligent, loyal to the owner, extremely alert, which makes it a good guard. She needs constant communication with people, so she can not live in an aviary. This dog diligently protects the territory of the owners and all members of "their" family, and the animal gets along well with the children, but it has problems with dogs. Representatives of this breed should not get people who have other pets.
Portuguese water dogs practically do not shed, so they can live even in the house of allergies. They are very active both in the house and on the street. They need a fairly spacious and fenced yard.
How your pet grows depends on you. A puppy devoid of attention can grow into a stubborn and passive dog. And remember: the more aggressive you behave with an animal, the more aggressive it will be in the future, although this quality of this breed is unusual.
Nowadays, representatives of this remarkable breed are not met very often, but the situation is gradually changing. Around the world, including in Russia, new nurseries are opening.