The Portuguese Water Dog has come to the attention of many potential owners due to former president Obama owning a pair-- Sunny and Bo-- but this best kept secret of Portugal has been a top choice in their home country for hundreds of years! This medium sized, robustly built working dog has a curly or wavy hypoallergenic coat that doesn't shed(a major draw for the breed). You often see this breed with a lion cut or a uniform clip, regardless, he will always possess an alert, penetrating stare. Owners feel like they truly connect with their PWD and understand the time and effort it takes to maintain one. Here's some Portuguese Water Dog info on breed intelligence, exercise needs and personality:
Intelligence- Portuguese Water Dogs' intelligence level is very, very high. They are eager to please and easily trained as long as you can devoted enough time to keeping them occupied; they may become more than a handful if bored. These dogs are most notable for working with fishermen, however, they make excellent therapy dogs.
Kids, Pets, Strangers- Whether you consult the Portuguese Water Dog wiki page, Dogs 101, or any breeder's page you will find all information is in agreement. This breed is great with children and is usually not problematic with other pets. PWDs are even friendly with strangers, especially if the owner is comfortable with them.
Exercise- This breed is keen for any and all adventures. Swimming, hiking, running, games-- your Portuguese can keep up with it all. That being said, plenty of daily exercise is a MUST; the breed is not recommended for low activity or sedentary people. A large yard or property is much preferable to apartment living since a bored, confined PWD can be destuctive.