Featuring the Portuguese Water Dog figurines, gifts and collectibles. The Portuguese Water Dog is classified as a working dog and is originally from the Portuguese region of Algarve. These dogs were bred to herd fish into fishermen's nets, retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship to ship or ship to shore. It is a rare breed that is said to be a hypoallergenic dog breed. They do no shed their coats and have recently gained more popularity as they were the chose breed of U.S. President Barack Obama who owns two.