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Portuguese Water Dog fans question possible presidential pooch

In Animal News on February 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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The other day we blogged about Michelle Obama’s announcement that a Portuguese Water Dog might join the First Family.

According to a Los Angeles Times blog, not all dog lovers are excited about the choice. Many worry Portuguese Water Dogs might join the ranks of Dalmatians and other breeds people buy because they’re popular, then realize they can’t care for them. Others think the breed is hard to train and too high maintenance for the busy family.

What do you think?

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  1. I am happy that the Obamas are picking a rescue dog and i am sure they will have plenty of help training him or her!

  2. lindy (my dog) is a portuguese water dog she was super was super easy to train she learned sit down roll over all in one section. (She was only 10 weeks old at the time.) The only down part about this dog is that it likes to run 3 miles everyday or do something athletic. She is 9 months old right now and she is doing well in advanced training. It tires her out a little bit. The breed has a history of having mental trouble/fears. Things like loud sounds. NEVER ROLL THEM WHAT EVER YOU DO DO NOT ROLL THEM. It will scar them for life. But other then that the breed has to be the best breed ever. they are cute and so easy to love. I can not beleve that people say that this breed is hard to train. they just need their exersise.
    I LOVE MY DOG/PUPPY :) :) :) :) :) :)

  3. oh good luck on the new white house puppy :) :) :) :) :) :)

  4. oh man i hope the white house dog dose ok bening with roylaty i’m getting a portuguese water dog !!!!!!!!i 1 day in counting !!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh and yesssss i am a GIRL

  5. This was NOT a rescue, but was a dog purchased at a kennel and was returned to a kennel where Ted Kennedy BOUGHT all of his dogs from a Texas breeder. It was probably returned because the people didn’t have enough time, a big enough yard, or just didn’t realize how much of a responsiblity it is to care for a puppy. As a breeder I a offended that there is an anti-breeder movement as reputable breeders plan and take caution breeding to improve the breed, versus the person that doesn’t fix their dog resulting in dogs that are dumped or taken to the pound.
    There is nothing wrong with getting a puppy from a reputable breeder/kennel.

  6. I don’t think people have so much against breeders as they do over-breeders and puppy mills. There are 5 million dogs euthanized each year and millions of other unwanted and abandoned dogs. Adoption of rescue dogs is kindness and compassion. Unless one has a work-type reason, thoroughbred dogs are an ego trip or a fashion accessory.

  7. I disagree, pure bred dogs are far more likely to have the characteristics of their breed than a heinz 57. For a family like the Obamas, where anti-allergy is a big consideration, buying a pure bred dog is the best plan.

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