Meet Anthony and Baza the Portuguese Water Dog, aged 10 years

About the Breed

The Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) is a breed of working dog as classified by the American Kennel Club and is originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen’s nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers.

They usually stay in close proximity to their owners, both indoors and outdoors and although very gregarious animals, they are known for bonding with one primary or alpha family member. As a pet or a working dog, they love water and attention and is not a breed to be left alone for long periods of time, indoors or out.

Why did you choose this particular breed?

We chose this breed because we wanted a dog that was hypoallergenic (non shedding of hair). This breed is known for this and it was important because some family members have allergies.   Also, we wanted a dog that was athletic, active and full of personality and most important loving and affectionate.

Is his personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?

Baza’s personality is exactly expected of his breed but he has been effected by various members of the family. He loves to think he is the king of the house, very up himself, loves to pee on other little dogs at the park and prances around like he is better than other dogs. He lives for constant love and affection, still acts as if he’s 3 years old, sometimes hates taking photos but other times poses and pretends he’s a model dog.

Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?

  • Make sure you are an active family because they are very active.
  • Never leave this breed alone for extended periods or you will pay the price (ie: keep all bedroom doors closed).
  • Stick to a strict dietary plan and stick to it (ie: no human food, licking plates, left over sweets) or you will pay for it…sloppy sloppy poos everywhere

How interested/good at training or obedience?

Very good if trained from the beginning. Is very trainable and will be obedient if trained well.

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Baza can do the moon walk after he pees / poos. He has also been known to replicate certain human movements (ie: when working out he has tried to plank with us once).

He loves to play chasey and he seriously loves to avoid being caught within the same perimeter.

He loves to lie on his back, spread his legs and pretend he is a porn star dog (quite pathetic), but does it regularly.

He can do high fives and do some circular rap movement with his forefeet legs (we call it circus baz) on request.