Overall, Portuguese Water Dogs do not smell bad. At least, they do not smell any worse than other dogs. Therefore, Portuguese Water Dogs are a joy to be around!
Why do they shave Portuguese Water Dog?
This traditional cut originated with the fishing dogs of Portugal. The lion cut diminished the initial shock of cold water when jumping from boats, as well as providing warmth to the vitals. The hindquarters were left shaved to allow easier movement of the back legs and the powerful, rudder-like tail.