1. The Portuguese Water Dog, or PWD, was originally bred to help fishermen in Portugal.
  2. PWDs have a waterproof coat that doesn’t shed, which makes them great for people with allergies.
  3. President Barack Obama owned two PWDs during his time in the White House.
  4. PWDs have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy.
  5. These dogs are highly trainable and excel in obedience competitions and agility trials.
  6. The breed was almost extinct in the 1970s, but a group of breeders in Portugal and the United States worked together to save it.
  7. PWDs are very social and enjoy spending time with their human families.
  8. They have webbed feet and a powerful tails, which make them excellent swimmers.
  9. These dogs have a unique way of swimming called the “Portie paddle,” which involves alternating their front legs while paddling with their back legs.
  10. PWDs have a keen sense of smell and were used to deliver messages between ships.
  11. The breed is highly intelligent and has been trained for search and rescue operations.
  12. PWDs come in two coat types: curly and wavy.
  13. They can be black, brown, or white, or a combination of those colors.
  14. PWDs have a distinctive lion-like clip, which involves shaving the hindquarters and leaving hair on the front legs, chest, and tail.
  15. These dogs are known for their playful and affectionate personalities.
  16. PWDs can be prone to certain health issues, including hip dysplasia and eye problems.
  17. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.
  18. PWDs are loyal and protective of their families, which makes them great watchdogs.
  19. They have been featured in popular culture, including the movie “Best in Show” and the children’s book “First Dog.”
  20. PWDs are a wonderful and unique breed that brings joy and love to their families.