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The Portuguese Water Dog was bred as an aid to Portugal’s fisherman. The dog lived on the boats with the men and would act as couriers between boats or to shore as well as herding fish into the nets and retrieving lost equipment in the water. Many dogs are born with a work ethic and require some ongoing job or project. Many of those dogs excel in a particular endeavor and become specialists. Few are as adept at the versatility expressed commonly in the Portuguese Water Dog.

Easy to train, quick to master new skills, it’s not unusual to find the dedicated Portuguese Water Dog family working their dog in multiple endeavors from water work,chasing a ball,obedience,agility and more. To say this is a requirement would be overstating the facts but if you are unwilling to consider pursuing such things at all with your dog then the Portuguese Water Dog is probably not the breed for you. As proof, one of the dogs that searched the rubble of the WTC after Sept 11 was a Portuguese Water Dog named Dutch.

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The Obama girls long awaited puppy is Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, The White House will soon make the official announcement later with the Washington Post being given the details.

From the Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia, ‘The identity of the first puppy leaked out yesterday despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon. The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin’ senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.”

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