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A dog breed known as the Portuguese water dog, though originating in Portugal, is known as a water dog because they do have a strong pull toward water. Portuguese water dogs are a water and hunting companion. They will bark and act alert, and will often jump in the water to chase after a scent. There are no breed standards for Portuguese water dogs and breeders often have different ideals as to the appearance of the Portuguese water dog. Portuguese water dogs should have a "soft" coat with a tawny, richly colored coat. Their ears should be round.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of dog originally bred for hunting waterfowl in the wetlands of northeastern Brazil and South America. The breed is known for its large head, short ears, and dark eyes. It is similar to the African Pygmy Dog but lighter, has longer ears and a longer tail, and is generally taller than the African Pygmy Dog. The breed was named for the Portuguese colonization of Brazil and its original home in northeastern Brazil, which was a large inland area of Atlantic Forest rainforests.
The breed is also known as the Brazilian Water Dog or Pajú. It was popular in the United States until the 1930s, when it declined in popularity and is now rarely seen in the United States. However, it still has some popularity in Japan and in Brazil. It was first recognized by the FCI in 1964, and it was named as the Brazilian Water Dog in a 2003 book on dog breeds. It has also been shown under the name "pajú" at dog shows held in Japan since the 1990s.
Although most dogs used for hunting waterfowl are retrievers, the Portuguese Water Dog was originally bred as a hound, and most were found hunting waterfowl on land. Portuguese water dogs are known for their ability to hunt in deep water as well as on land. Because of this, the Portuguese Water Dog is often used in water-based dog sports such as water trials and water obedience.
Early Portuguese water dog history
Historically, the Portuguese Water Dog was bred by native hunters in the wet lands of northeastern Brazil. These water fowl hunters were the first to have dogs with deep water hunting abilities. These dogs were called "pajús" and they were used to retrieve the birds after the hunters shot them. Because of the hunters' love of the dogs, these dogs were passed down through generations, and the "pajús" was seen as a symbol of pride for the Brazilian natives.
During the late 1800s, some of these dogs were captured and sold to the United States. These dogs were then used as retrievers for waterfowl hunting in the U.S., but the dogs were rarely used for hunting on land, where most retrievers were used. Portuguese water dogs have been used by dog shows in the U.S. since the 1930s, although their number dwindled as the popularity of retrievers increased.
After World War II, a new type of hunting dog was developed in Brazil. These dogs were bred specifically for hunting in waterfowl. They were smaller than the old "pajús", with shorter ears, and darker eyes. They were called "pajús açu" and the dogs were seen as more elegant and less "country". The breed of Portuguese water dog is still called the pajú.
Although the pajús was not recognized as a breed by the FCI in the 1960s, the Brazilian Kennel Club did recognize it in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s, breeders in the U.S. started breeding Portuguese water dogs and their numbers grew quickly. In 1984, the first Portuguese water dog club was founded in North America, the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDC).
Today, the Portuguese water dog is recognized by the AKC, and it is registered as the Brazilian Water Dog in the UKC. The pajú is also registered with the American Rare Breeds SPCA as the Brazilian Water Dog and is also recognized as the Brazilian Water Dog in the Canadian Kennel Club.
The breed standard
Most Portuguese water dogs are not standard bred. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. However, the most popular Portuguese water dogs in the U.S. are black with chocolate markings and the ears are medium-sized.
The dogs are relatively large, with the average weight being 35 to 50 pounds, though this is a variable size, and Portuguese water dogs do come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are taller than a standard Great Dane, with a head and body that is similar to a Great Dane's. The pajú is considered a medium-sized dog, between Great Danes and Dalmatians.
Portuguese water dogs should have a "soft" coat with a tawny, richly colored coat. Their ears should be round. Their heads should be oval-shaped and the muzzle should be wide, as the face should not be square. Their eyes should be dark, and they should have a deep "V"-shaped black mask around the eyes and a black mask on their ears. Their tails should be short.
The coats of a pajú are not "wiry" or "hairy", but they should not have a silky feel, nor should they be too short and flat. The ears should not be pointed or stick straight out, but should be round and medium-sized. The eyes should be dark and almond-shaped, and the irises should be red. The tail should be slightly curved and the feet should be rounded and bear thick pads.
A pajú should have a temperament that is strong and active. It should be obedient, calm, and friendly to strangers, although it should not be a "baby dog". It should not be aggressive to children, other dogs, or small animals.
The pajú is a highly-intelligent dog, and can learn many tricks. They are known for their excellent balance and are adept at water-based dog sports, such as