What are the first important things to know about the temperament of the Portuguese Water Dog, or the Portie? First of all, they are independent although still loyal and very much attached to family members, aside from being intelligent and possessing a very strong drive. Proper socialization and supervision will help them to be relaxed with well-mannered children. Their relations with other dogs and animals can also vary according to how well they socialized with these.
It is clear that the Portuguese water dog is not the average mid-sized dog that can get by without simulation. And this is more obvious if the discussion is about the idea of the dog's ideal home and what are his training requirements. First of all, the dog needs to be among people that acknowledges and provides the venue for high energy and love for work.
What other things need to be known about the Portuguese water dog's temperament? Let's try to discuss what the dog is like from the point of view of other dog breeds.
Let's look at some of their characteristics:
- Intelligence - brains and wits at par with that of a poodle, if not better
- Activity - similar to the a golden retriever, totally in his element while going after toys, or simply lazing on your couch, or just being where you are
- Cuddly - they will try and convince you that they are a lap dog.
- Alertness - snaps to attention when he detects strangers, and will sound off to let you know.
- Companionship - much like a Labrador, will want to follow you all over the house (and is prone to separation anxiety, if not trained). Like those proverbial dogs, will even obediently lie by your feet while you do some pencil-pushing
- Loyalty - as loyal as the best rough collie "Lassie" out there
- Sensitive - very much the color cover of your handheld- will adjust mood according to your own mood!
- With kids - Love snuggling up with the kids on the couch.
Will tolerate the usual contact game, but only up to a point! Similar in this way to the golden retriever
- Hypo-allergenic? - Those who cannot tolerate shedding dogs will find a huge difference in porties. Any prospective dog owner interested in a portie will do well to spend time with the dog just to check. The breed is actually more consistent and reliable than the labradoodle.
- Trainability - Will learn when taught, and will still learn just by watching his family members. The dog makes huge progress through positive training techniques. Starts picking up from an early age up to its twilight years.
A high-level Portuguese water dog breeder will take time to walk you through some of the bigger issues known in taking care of this breed: its tendency to counter surfing, or its love to be on couches and furniture; how to deal with teething Porties, or how to remedy a pet that is currently destructive; housetraining, and protecting their hips especially while they are young and active... Socializing (and to what extent) will have such a deep impact in those first few years!