Yesterday President Elect Obama announced to the world that one of the breeds he had decided on was a Portuguese Water Dog. Having owned PWDs for over twenty years, I think he might be making a mistake. These are wonderful, funny, lovable dogs, but they are not easy dogs to live with and I would never recommend one for a first time dog owner.
Let me give you an example of what an ordinary morning with Portuguese Water Dogs is like. First they are early risers, like before dawn early. Then there is the noisy stampede to the door. Once outside each goes to do his or her own thing.
Today Bailey dug three new trenches in the back yard. Samba and Tess rolled in the mud requiring baths. Sky got so excited about breakfast that he jumped in the air and landed in the water bucket, splashing a large quantity of water all over his brother Noah and me. Lola though it would be interesting to see what was under her bowl, so she hit it with her big foot sending food flying around the garage. Her sisters raced to eat it before she could get to it.
I refilled the enormous and heavy water bucket, big enough for four heads at once, and Norma Jean decided to wash her muddy feet in it. And this all before I've had a cup of coffee.
Generally, Fudge spins every time we approach a door, but today with the camera aimed at him, he chose to just stand and stare at me. With a still camera I can't get a picture because they're moving. With an action camera they stand still. Go figure.
These are working dogs who really need a great deal of exercise and almost constant attention. If bored they invent fun new games to stay busy. I could show the Obamas the hole in the center of my living room carpet that Tsar and Samba created one day while I was out. I could tell them about the drumstick that Samba stole off the turkey last week just after I took it from the oven. I could describe the 2 AM strolls under the stars that Samba loves and tries to wake me for several times a week. I could have others tell them about Fudge's antics in the show ring when he knows he has an audience.
I know the White House provides a person to care for and train the dog, but for two young girls and parents who aren't dog savvy, I can think of several other breeds that I would recommend instead of a PWD.