The Portuguese Water Dog or “Cao de Agua” has been assisting fishermen in its native Portugal for centuries. Possessing superior diving and swimming skills, they’ve served as an all-purpose retriever, courier between boats, and guard dog. Their popularity declined in the 20th century as their jobs became obsolete; fortunately the breed was revived by dog fancier and Portuguese shipping magnate Dr. Vasco Bensaude. They make excellent family companions for the active family that appreciates their capacity to work hard and play hard. Their intelligence shines in obedience and other stimulating canine activities. Their profuse coat comes in curly and wavy forms and needs regular maintenance and clipping to stay attractive and tangle free.