Originally from Asia, these dogs gained prominence in Portugal by doing everything possible in water. They could heard fish into nets, find lost nets, and travel between boats with messages. With the advent of new fishing methods, the dogs’ numbers dwindled. It was due to a fishing tycoon who loved the dog that they gained any popularity at all.
An active dog that wants to have fun, both with humans and in water. It can have dominance issues but is still quite gentle. These dogs are quite intelligent, but will need a great deal of exercise. Without proper exercise, they can act out within the home in various manners.