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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obamas Choose First Pooch

Thankfully, I have lighter news to relay to the readership today. The First Family have chosen that highly anticipated puppy dog.

It's a Portuguese Water Dog. Behold.



Cute. But he looks like a shedder. Peggy Gero DaValt will weigh in about this, hopefully.

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14 Comments:

  • I somehow find it fitting...

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Wed Feb 25, 03:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Yes, from what I have read, Ernie, the PWD is basically an arcane poodle. Poodles were probably too petit bourgeois for them.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Feb 25, 03:39:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Does it bark with a lisp? Or would that be a Castillian Agua perro?

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Wed Feb 25, 03:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Castellanos don't have a lisp, unless they do...:P

    It is a "bohemian underdog" what they have chosen for a pet. An "exotic poodle", yet "the poddle of the masses". Trying to be egalitarian they continue to show their elitism...or maybe they just have bad taste.

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Wed Feb 25, 03:58:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Doesn't shed its hair, that breed. And it's hypoallergenic. So another example of don't judge the book by its cover - or rather don't judge the dog's shedding rate by its curls.

    By Anonymous madcynic, at Wed Feb 25, 04:17:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I've always heard they're an all right breed.

    Trying to be egalitarian they continue to show their elitism

    Good observation.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Wed Feb 25, 04:52:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Looks it has an underbite. Is that unusual?

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Wed Feb 25, 05:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • It's part of those 3 million jobs...more work for the dry cleaner, more hair brushes, more vacuum cleaners...One hopes the dog gives Chris Matthews an extra special leg tinkle...oops, did I misspell? M'bad.

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Feb 25, 05:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The Portugese Water Dog is an excellent choice.

    Here are my reasons:

    (1) It is a purebred dog. It's not a designer dog.

    As a purebred dog owner and breeder, so much time and effort goes into genetic research/pedigree preparation/public education. It is pure.

    Most purebreds are registered by the American Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club.

    Naysayers will say, but there are so many dogs that need homes.

    This is true and I applaud anyone that rescues a homeless dog...but a shelter dog got there because people did not spay or neuter dogs that were not intended to be bred.

    A designer dog, such as the GoldenDoodle is a Mixed Breed dog. It's a very expensive Mixed Breed dog. I will bet you that people pay more for a GoldenDoodle than they would for one of my purebred Gordons.

    A GoldenDoodle has a parent that is a Golden Retriever and a Poodle (most likely a Standard Poodle). So, when you combine those two breeds you have a Mixed Breed dog. You also have a dog that has the potential for health issues associated with the Goldens and/or Poodles or a combination of both. So rather than having just one set of health issues for one breed to contend with, you've opened up Pandora's genetic box by combining two different breeds.

    (2) The Obamas made it clear that they need a dog that sheds little if any due to child allergies. I think this dog is a wise choice.

    When I suggest to people a type or breed of dog to purchase, you need to take into account: trainability/life style/commitment to the dog.

    Any dog in the sporting/working/herding groups produce dogs that are meant to work with man.

    As a member of the Working Group, the Portugese Water Dog is no exception. It is a moderate sized dog and with the lifestyle of the President and his family, I think this is a great selection.

    They are good with kids and they will be content playing with the Obama girls and who knows may even accompany the President on a jog or two as the puppy matures and his growth plates have closed.

    (3) I had some very good breeder/handler friends who raised "Porties" and I loved them and their dogs. Judy died last February and Bruce died about 7 months later. When I see a "Portie" I will always think of them. There are also some great breeders in the Chicago area that I know, too.

    For more information I would suggest these web sites:

    American Kennel Club - Portguese Water Dog Standard

    Portugese Water Dog Club of America Website

    Quiz - How Much Do You Know about a PWD? This is from the Portugese Water Dog Club's web site. Have fun!!

    Each breed of dog in the AKC has a standard that the parent club has put together with what they see as the "perfect" dog for that breed. Each breed has a standard to which it is judged/evaluated. As a breeder, we know there is no such thing as a "perfect" dog, but it's the standard to which we strive to improve our lines upon generation after generation.

    Thanks, Victoria, for asking for my opinion. I hope that I haven't offended anyone and have offered valuable educational information about this breed and dogs in general.

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Wed Feb 25, 06:06:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well said, Peggy. I didn't think it was any sort of poodle.

    I always wonder about presidential "family" dogs. They must have them professionally trained but if so, will the dog listen to the president's commands?

    By Anonymous Starless, at Wed Feb 25, 06:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Have to admit that is a cute dog! I hope it brings the kids many years of love and affection.

    By Blogger Rose, at Wed Feb 25, 07:41:00 pm GMT-5  

  • It's a darling dog.

    I'm glad the girls got a dog. The next four to eight years are going to be hard for them and dogs just love you.

    By Blogger Synova, at Wed Feb 25, 08:09:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hi there -

    Not sure any of you saw the Bush sisters' comments or letter to the Obama girls, but it was so touching....and it said...that you should get a dog because in the limelight, you need a pal.

    I have a clip of it on my facebook page but don't have the URL here. I'll try to get it for you as it was incredibly touching for Jenna and Barbara to share this.

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Thu Feb 26, 11:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • What a lovely looking dog. Perfect size - not too big and not too small.

    By Blogger Beau, at Fri Feb 27, 07:36:00 pm GMT-5  

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