Portuguese Water Dogs

A Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of water spaniel from the coast of Portugal. The most famous PWD to date is the one belonging to Malia and Sasha Obama, daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama. The 6-month-old dog was a gift from Senator Teddy Kennedy who owns several of these dogs himself. The girls have decided to name him, “Bo.”

Portuguese Water Dogs do shed but only a very little, as do all single-coated dogs such as the Wheaton Terrier, Poodle and Bichon Frise. For this reason they are generally considered to be safe pets for most people with allergies.

A Portuguese Water Dog can weigh between 35-60 pounds and will typically stand between 17-23 inches, with the male dogs usually on the larger end of this scale. They are terrific with children and love to be part of the family. However when left alone for long periods of time, they may suffer from separation anxiety. And so the PWDs do best when in the company of people for most of the day.

Some owners report that PWDs have an affinity for shredding and chewing up paper, even books. So if you own a Portuguese Water Dog keep your important literature up and out of reach of the dog.


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