Water Work

The Portuguese Water Dog is a working breed with a long history as a crew member on Portuguese fishing vessels. The dogs were responsible for carrying messages between boats and to shore, retrieving anything that went overboard, setting floats and fishing nets, and guarding boats and the catch while in port. The natural working ability, adaptability and intelligence of the breed were demonstrated by the efficiency with which these complex tasks were completed. The dogs were invaluable members of the Portuguese fisherman’s team. The Portuguese Water Dog today still retains these qualities – an affinity for swimming, strong retrieving skills, plenty of stamina for a long day’s work, and an intensity in performing the task at hand. read more ...

Water Work Links

The Portuguese Water Dog Club of America web site contains information on water work.


For an extra treat, go check out The Dog Show's Previous Episodes, scroll down to episode #38 to see actual footage and an explanation of ALL 4 levels of the water trials.


Our club offers water equipment for sale at our water trial and training seminars. In addition, the 4 My PWDS web site offers water equipment for sale.

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