When the word “water” is actually in the breed’s name, it’s impossible to ignore what the dog was bred for and what they love — the water.
The Portuguese Water Dog was originally a seafaring dog, bred to help fisherman corral fish into their owner’s nets or retrieve lost tackle. They even were couriers between ships, swimming over rolled up messages from ship to ship. That maritime and fishing know-how is still a part of the Portuguese Water Dog, and they have no qualms about showing off their angling skills.
Here are eight reasons why the Portuguese Water Dog is an outstanding rod man.