Portuguese Water Dog: Breed Description
In the Middle Ages, an interesting dog appeared in Portugal. Precise information about the occurrence of this breed has not been preserved, but there is an opinion that it was in the fifth - seventh centuries. Much later, the Portuguese water dog became known in Europe. Her appearance on the continent, some specialists associate with the Visigoths, others with African Moors.
At first, the Portuguese water dog was used by fishermen, whom she helped to arrange and pull out the nets. Also, these animals delivered important messages from one vessel to another. Sometimes they even engaged in hunting rabbits.
Today, these beautiful companion dogs often "serve" guards. Hunters still appreciate their ability to import from the water game.
Portuguese water dog (photo attached) - an unusually strong animal. This breed is characterized by selfless devotion to its owner. Has a large dome-shaped head, a broad chest with convex ribs, an 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 individuals of black and white, brownish-white. brown and white colors. Usually the wool on the hind legs and groin is cut, but on the chest and forelegs 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 that the owners of these dogs can not be bored. They are very fond of active games, which require physical strength. They are recommended to take on hunting and in difficult long trips.
The Portuguese water dog is easy to train. Due to their natural wit, endurance and strength, these animals are indispensable for fishing or hunting.
The Portuguese water dog is very clever, faithful to the master, extremely vigilant, which makes of it a good guard. She needs constant communication with people, so she can not live in the cage. This dog diligently protects the territory of the owners and all members of their "own" family, and the animal gets along well with the children, but with dogs it has problems. Representatives of this breed should not be started by 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.
The way your pet will grow, depends largely on you. The puppy, deprived of the attention of the host, can grow up to be a stubborn and passive dog. And remember: the more aggressive you behave with the animal, the more aggressive it will be in the future, although this quality is unusual for this breed.
Today, representatives of this wonderful breed are not found very often, but gradually the situation is changing. Throughout the world, including in Russia, new nurseries are opening.