The Portuguese Water Dog is an obedient, intelligent, persistent and loyal dog. In addition, this breed has had outstanding success with people who suffer from certain types of allergies, earning the title, although not factually accurate, of hypo-allergenic. Since the Porty has hair, instead of fur, shedding is significantly reduced. However, I have found this breed to be soulful and loving, especially when using a responsible breeder who can match temperaments with the right families. Training is required.