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In the 1930's, Vasco Bensaude, a Portuguese businessman with an interest in dogs, was introduced to the Portuguese Water Dog. He was told of a "magnificent working Cão de Água", and although there were only a few dogs still working on the boats of the fishermen, he eventually acquired a dog named "Leao".  "Leao" (1931-1942) was the founding sire of the modern breed and of which the original written breed standard was based.  The first litter was born on May 1, 1937, at the Algarbiorum…

"Leao" (1931-1942) was the founding sire of the modern breed and of which the original written breed standard was based. The first litter was born on May 1, 1937, at the Algarbiorum Kennels.

At one point, there were only 25 Porties in the entire world. The PWD was a breed on the verge of extinction when, during the 1930s, Vasco Bensaude, a wealthy Portuguese shipping magnate, began to seek out fishermen's dogs and utilize them in a breeding program to re-establish the breed. Bensaude's kennel was named Algarbiorum, and his most famous dog was Leão (1931–1942).

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Portuguese Water Dog - Breed Information and Photos

If you want to know more about the breed so amazing it's now one of the few to have ever flown on Air Force One. This guide contains Portuguese water dog breed information and photos. These medium sized, non shedding dogs have an affectionate personality and make great pets.

Look Back Portuguese Water Dog was bred to accompany fisherman on their boats. An exceptional swimmer and diver, the breed retrieved broken nets, dove for fish, carried messages between boats and to shore, and guarded the boat for his master in foreign ports. The breed started disappearing in the early 20th century when technology made his daily job somewhat obsolete, but Dr. Vasco Bensaude, a wealthy Portuguese shipping magnate and dog fancier, saved the breed.