Portuguese Water Dogs - Debbie of The Enlightened Hound has a Portuguese Water Dog, these fantastic dogs are very close to her heart!
They are intelligent, strong, energetic, sensitive and affectionate. Historically a seafaring dog, the “Portie” worked alongside Portuguese sailors for centuries, earning his share of each day's catch of saltwater codfish.
Porties worked tirelessly, swimming to retrieve broken nets, diving to herd schools of fish, and acting as a barking foghorn. They also carried messages between boats, and to shore and acted as guard dogs, protecting the sailors' fishing trawlers and their homes.
One important job was to prevent gulls from landing on the boat and stealing the catch. My Portuguese Water Dog (Figo) does his best to prevent birds landing in our garden - I wonder if he thinks he is protecting our ‘catch’?