Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Possible White House dog.

Mopsa and Winchester Whisperer and the whole world, it seems, want to know what kind of dog the Obamas are getting and when.
Mrs. Obama says she thinks she is going to look for a rescue Portuguese Water dog who is "old enough" and a "match" for the family dynamic.
When? After the spring break which in European terms means after Easter.
Referred to as the Cao de Agua (waterdog) in its native Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog was bred to accompany fisherman on their boats. An exceptional swimmer and diver, the breed retrieved broken nets, dove for fish, carried messages between boats and to shore, and guarded the boat for his master in foreign ports.
The PWD is certainly not a fashion accessory. It is an athletic, strong and active breed which requires daily vigorous exercise. It is very intelligent and responds well to obedience training and is a loyal companion. Furthermore, its profuse coat is hypoallergenic. Ideal for one of the Obama girls who is allergic to dog hair.
Not everyone is happy about this choice. Connoisseurs and owners of the breed feel that the possible rise in popularity of the breed could lead to an outbreak of shady breeders and irresponsible owners who may not understand the breed, not train them properly and may eventually abandon them.
"There's always the danger of something like that," says Stu Freeman, president of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America. "It's '101 Dalmatians' syndrome."
After that movie came out, everyone thought: “aren't they cute!" ran out and bought the dogs and found out they were not quite as adorable as the ones in the movie, Freeman said.


Winchester whisperer said...

Good choice - Obama needs a dog which can swim, not sink.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what dog they do get when they are ready


Flowerpot said...

however surely that will happen whatever kind of dog they get. What happened to the idea of a rescue dog?