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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What is a Portuguese water dog?


Apparently President Barack Obama and his family have a new dog, the breed of the dog is a Portuguese water dog .According to a website on the Internet, the "Portuguese water dog is a seafaring breed and was prized by fishermen in Portugal for being spirited, yet obedient in nature. A web-footed dog, they are a swimmer and diver of exceptional ability. They fit well into many types of lifestyles, they are usually a quiet dog who only barks when they are on watchdog duty.Portuguese Water Dogs are intelligent, energetic dogs, they have great stamina and love fun, family and life! Known in Portugal as the Cao de Agua which means "dog of water", they are a very old breed that originates from the province of Algarve in Portugal. They are thought to have come, like most other water dogs, onto the Iberian Peninsula with the Moors from northern Africa."

"An invaluable source to the fishermen of Portugal, they were used by to help set nets, herd schools of fish and to carry messages between boats. They were used all the way from Portugal to Iceland in their duties. These Water Dogs were said to be able to alert the crew of a school of fish simply from sitting on the bow of the boat. Other tasks included capturing escaped fish from the nets, diving to retrieve lost persons in the water or other objects, and carrying nets from boat to boat in order to aid in the hunt. The breed has a great swimming ability and has helped to "herd" fish into nets.One Portuguese Water Dog was so prized that it was actually put on a fisherman's payroll!" source:http://puppydogweb.com/caninebreeds/portuguesewaterdog.htm


President Obama, I hope you and your family enjoy your new dog! Too bad you decided to get the dog from a breeder instead of an animal shelter. Mr. President, I hope you might be presuaded to get your dog from a shelter, there are between 4,000 and 6,000 dog shelters in the United States, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the United States each year, and sadly 3-4 million of these animals have to be euthanized! <:( (source:http://www.hsus.org/pets/issues_affecting_our_pets/pet_overpopulation
_and_ownership_statistics/hsus_pet_overpopulation_estimates.html

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