“The dog had long black hair, clipped to the first rib, and with a tuft
at the tip of the tail.”
– a Monk, describing a dog rescuing a child from the sea, 1297 A.D.
Yes, indeed. Kappa, above, is related to Bo Obama. Maternally via Heitor do Vale Negro; Paternally via Anacoves la Primera Samba and White Cap Graça Bravata.
Although my husband insists that no self-respecting male would be seen with a dog without pants (photo, above), I see no reason to mess with more than 700 years of tradition (quote, above).
And so here is our Portuguese Water Dog — in honour of her heritage — proudly sporting fashionable black leggings.
Non-shedding, non-allergenic, super-inteligente, natural clowns, loyal and loving, this breed was virtually extinct in the 1930s. At that time, a man named Vasco Bensaúde located a few excellent examples and the first recovery litter was born on May 1, 1937, securing a future for one of the world’s oldest known breeds.
The Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) is a working dog, intimately connected to its owner, and used by fishermen along Portugal’s extensive coastline to assist with fishing, barking to alert to schools of fish in the water and carrying messages ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore.
The PWD’s esteem amongst the coastal population, especially just south of Lisbon and in the Algarve, is a testament not only to the breed’s working tradition but also of the fishermen’s attitude towards these dogs: they were never sold, but always only given as a gift, because they were believed to be “priceless.”
Unapologetically playful and energetic, the Portuguese Water Dog’s loving nature is evidenced in their work with hospitals, hospices and autistic children worldwide.
A fantastic companion, this breed is not for everyone. Most importantly, Portuguese Water Dogs are not happy alone. They must not be left in an empty house, day after day, for this is a dog determined to love and be loved.