Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 10-14 years
Weight: Male: 20-27, Female: 20-22.5
Height: Male: 21-23, Female: 17-21
Origin of Name: The Portuguese Water Dog originated from the Algarve region of Portugal.
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The Portuguese Water Dog once lived all along the coast of Portugal, and was used to trap fish, tackle the lost, and act as a messenger between the ships and the coast. Fishermen counted strong and fleshy dogs to be industrious and live at sea. They will ride in a trawler from the warm Atlantic waters of Portugal to the freezing cold waters off the coast of Iceland. The technology eventually fired him from his job, but the breed is still used for water rescue.