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Bred centuries ago to assist Portuguese fishermen in netting fish and fetching gear from the water, the Portuguese Water Dog entered the spotlight in the Portuguese region of the Algarve in the early 20th century. Known as the Cao de Agua, meaning “dog of the water,” the Portuguese Water Dog, nicknamed the “Portie” is one of the only dog breeds with webbed feet, a feature fitting for this water-loving working breed.

A fiercely loyal worker and terrific family companion, this intelligent breed is known as an “A” student: athletic, affectionate, and adventurous. The strength and easy trainability of the Portie makes this tirelessly working breed a fierce competitor in various dog sports, including agility, rally, obedience, and tracking. The strong work ethic of the Portie makes the Portuguese Water Dog a top Service Dog choice.