Cão de Agua Português - Pawsource

Cao de Agua Portuguese


The Cão de Agua Português, also known as the Portuguese Water Dog, has a long history in Portugal. Originally, these dogs were used as working dogs on fishing boats, where they helped haul in nets and guard the cargo. They were also used as messengers between boats and between the boats and the shore.

In the 1930s, the Cão de Agua Português was almost extinct. However, thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated breeders, the breed was saved and they are now popular worldwide as companion and show dogs.


The Cão de Agua Português is an intelligent and energetic dog. They are loyal and affectionate to their family and get along well with children and other pets. These dogs have a very strong hunting instinct and can be stubborn at times. They need a consistent and firm hand to train.

The Portuguese Water Dog is also an excellent swimmer and needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. They are very active and need a job to keep themselves busy.


In general, the Cão de Agua Português is a healthy breed. However, they have a higher chance of hip dysplasia and allergies. Regular checkups at the vet and a good diet can help prevent or treat these problems.


The coat of the Cão de Agua Português is wavy and woolly. They require regular grooming to prevent tangles and matting. Most owners choose to shave their dogs in a "lion look" to make grooming easier.

The Portuguese Water Dog also needs regular exercise and walking to urinate and defecate. They have high energy and need a large yard or lots of walks to expend their energy.

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