Breve apontamento sobre o Cão d'Água Português e o canil da Ria Formosa.
Autoria: Marco Teixeira | Cláudia Correia
Participação: Carla Peralta
Premiado IX Sé Video 2008, Faro, Algarve.
Short segment about the Portuguese Water Dog and the Ria Formosa breeding pound.
Awarded at the IX Sé Video 2008, Faro, Algarve.
Portuguese Water Dogs (PWD) once existed all along Portugal's coast, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen's nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. Portuguese Water Dogs rode in bobbing trawlers as they worked their way from the warm Atlantic waters of Portugal to the frigid fishing waters off the coast of Iceland where the fleets caught saltwater codfish to bring home.
In Portugal, the breed is called Cão d'Água (pronounced "Kown-d'Ahgwa"). Cão means dog, de Água means of water. In its native land, the dog is also known as the Portuguese Fishing Dog (Cão Pescador Português). Cão de Água de Pelo Ondulado is the name given the wavy-haired variety, and Cão de Água de Pelo Encaracolado is the name for the curly-coated variety.
The Portuguese Water Dog is a fairly rare breed; only 15 entrants for Portuguese Water Dogs were made to England's Crufts competition in 2002, although their personality and non-shedding qualities have made them more popular in recent years.