What is a PWD?
They are NOT Labradoodles!!! Warm, loving, lively and very affectionate, PWD’s prefer to be with their human companions. They are not happy out in the backyard, or sleeping alone away from the family. The PWD thrives on and demands human attention. They will insist on physical contact - "Pet me! Pet me!" PWD's can be strong-willed, intelligent and loyal. I have heard that the male is more "eager to please" than the female. In our experience, Lilly has a personality more like a springer spaniel than a lab. Although the PWD displays unbridled enthusiasm for family and friends; from his days as a watchman he has inherited an alert, protective, cautious and sensible approach with strangers. This is definitely the case with Lilly! She will bark agressively when the doorbell rings (if we let her) but she will hide behind us when we run into another dog and owner on the trail. PWD's are an hypo-allergenic, non-shedding breed which requires grooming every 6-8 weeks. The coat may be wavy or "poodle" curly or anywhere in between. Lilly is considered a "loose curly". Though most of the time they are predominantly black, parti-colored and brown is found as well. Some black coats will turn a silvery grey within 2 years. Our breeder, however, bred against this trait and Lilly is still has a beautiful coat.Here are some PWD websites with more information and pictures:
The Portuguese Water Dog has been known since the 13th century as a retriever, lifesaver, courier, watchdog and companion of fishermen. He was used by fishermen to help herd fish into their nets, carry messages from boat to boat, bring in the nets that were in need of repair or retrieve tackle that had fallen overboard. Because they had such important jobs and worked as hard as any man, the dogs were paid just like any member of the crew. The Portuguese Water Dog's duties were displaced by modern fishing methods and technology, so that by 1972 its numbers had dwindled to less than 25 worldwide. On the verge of extinction in the 1970's, the PWD was actually described by The Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest dog breed in the world. A national breed club (PWDCA) was founded in the U.S. in 1972. Recognized by the AKC in 1981, PWD's are now a flourishing breed.Why we have a PWD-
We were doing our week on the beach in Hilton Head one year and during a early morning walk on a perfect beach we ran into a man with a gorgeous dog. We stopped to talk and learned the dog was a PWD. Casually, we decided if anything ever happened to our lab we would get a Portuguese Water Dog... Several years later our dear, sweet Deucy passed away. After 2 years of no dog at all, we started seriously looking at the breeds. We came back to the PWD. After doing lots of research- we even drove to Newnan to see some PWD's in a dog show there- we got a PWD tp celebrate Cameron's 40th birthday. Lilly (AKC name "Never in Our Wildest Dreams") came from Finisterra Portuguese Water Dogs in California. The breeder was Leslie Arner, who also runs 4 my dogs.com.