I Want a Dog Like The President's Dog Bo
Energetic Bo is a Portuguese Water Dog
Every time I see shots of that dog my heart goes bouncing like a rubber ball. The dog has happy curving lines, and he walks with a clumsy grace.
Bo romps with obvious glee, at using his sleek muscles for play on the White House lawns, but the breed has a working class ancestry. The Obamas don't use him for work or hunting.
The only sport he knows is looking the part, from his flouncy hair to his curious facial expressions, and large-dog boundless energy and playfulness.
I don't want a Bo of my own for hunting or any other work purposes either. I want him for his large size, cheerful look, and hypoallergenic features. My goal is to adopt a dog that doesn't produce dander - really impossible, but still I can hope - a large dog, and one that has at least medium length hair.
It's becoming more popular than ever for owners of long-haired dogs to save hair trimmings for weaving into natural yarns - an additional bonus that comes with this type of dog.
photo credit: First Dog >
When You Think About Getting a New Dog
Is the Portuguese Water Dog Too Big a Dog For Your Family?
He's A Fun Loving Hypoallergenic Dog
Who wants to compromise the delight of bringing a dog into the family with allergies to dogs, in the first place? Not me, so I'm looking for a dog that meets the hypoallergenic criteria of being easy to live with - not causing the sniffles. The President's family wanted the same thing and that's one of the reasons they settled on this breed.
photo credit: by Challkhmc
Are These Dogs Really Hypoallergenic?
Get One of This Breed the Easy Way
If you can hardly wait to get a Bo of your own, you can still hang this photo calendar of these chummy dogs over your desk.
Do You Know Any Portuguese Water Dogs?
Please share your experience with having a Portugese Water Dog.
These Dogs Worked in Water
Did you know that Portuguese Water Dogs were bred and trained to help their owners fish in the sea? The most amazing part of their jobs, to me, is that they were like the Sheepherders of the Sea. They were actually taught to direct the fish from the free open sea into nets that fishermen strung in the ocean.
Seafaring fishermen were ingenious. They finessed the art of teaching these water dogs to pick up lost fishing items, like tools and equipment, from underwater tangles and locations where they fell to the depths - and to carry those items back to their boats, or even to a certain place on the land.
Some seamen trained their dogs like waterlogged homing pigeons, to take messages placed in containers from one boat to another. It's amazing what dogs can do.
photo credit: by Karasullivan
Some Dogs Are Just Born to the Water
Have you had a dog that thrived in the water?
A Wonderful Quality in a Dog - No Shedding - or almost none - really
Portuguese Water Dogs don't shed like your typical dog breeds. And imagine a dog lover's home without dog hair! This photograph shows a cute Porty with it's hair styled right for the curly haired dog.
photo credit: Silke Hollje-Schumacher
PWDs can be Outrageously Styled & Colored
Where Does Your Big Dog, or Little One, Live?
Do you let your dog live indoors?
The Porty's Working Cut
Traditionally, the working, or swimming, dogs had their hair trimmed periodically around the tail, all but the tip; near the mouth; and on their rear end and back legs. This way these powerful dogs used their tails kind of like steering mechanisms, with the thick wad of hair at the end. With their back legs shaved they could more easily pump them, like powerful little paddles.
photo credit: by SheltyBoy
All Haircuts Require Regular Grooming
The Portuguese Water Dog sheds little or not at all, but it does require daily brushing. With a lovable big dog like Bo who wouldn't enjoy the daily bonding time with the hair brush!
Do you groom your dog yourself?
Curly Haired Porty
This photograph shows a cute Porty with it's hair styled right for the curly haired dog.
There's More Benefits from Having a Porty
For centuries the Salish Indians of the Pacific Northwest have included dog hair in their woven fabrics. They kept large dogs that were described as resembling the little Pekinese dog, but actually being quite large.
Read about how contemporary weavers incorporate dog hair in their work. Dog Hair Yarn
photo credit: Karasullivan
Doggie Grooming Tools
Although this breed does not typically shed, it does require regular grooming. I think I'll be one of the owners who cuts my own dog's hair, and maybe I'll even save it for yarn. If I decide not to spin it I'm sure I can find someone to whom to donate the clippings through my local pet store, knitters' guild, or even from connections at a health food co-op.
Interested In Learning More About Portuguese Water Dogs? Check These Links
- I Checked With Martha Stewart
As all good homemakers should, I went to the source, and she agrees: Portuguese Water Dogs are a good choice for those with allergies.
- I Checked with Health.com
Look at this list of seventeen dog breeds that allergy sufferers favor.
- More Than Just Dander Causes Allergies to Dogs
Believe it or not, you may not have an allergy to dogs, to dog dander, like most of those with dog allergies. You may be allergic to their saliva, and that can be a serious problem, because there is no treatment to overcome it.
- Weaving With Dog's Hair
Knitting with dog fur is a tradition in the Pacific Northwest. Read and listen to the program.
What's Your Preference?
What color dog do you prefer?
Organic Dog Food is Your Best Choice
I made the switch to mostly organics for myself, so it's not too farfetched for me to consider serving organic products for my pooch.
If Meat-Free is Your Choice - This is It!
I may never make a switch to meat-free exclusively for my pet, but i do like the idea of having a stock of dry dog food on hand, and it may be that this version will work better with my dog.
Adopt a Portuguese Water Dog
Best Way to Adopt A Dog
A painted dog? Yep - that's want thrills some dog fanciers, and Portuguese Water Dogs, with their long growing hair, make prime candidates for fancy do's. What do you think? Should dog owners be permitted to deck their dogs out like floats?