Barack Obama’s wealth includes Portuguese Water Dog

by Leanne Thompson on May 18, 2010

US President Barack Obama kept the world guessing when he decided to get a pet dog for his family to live with them in the White House. The world wondered what breed of dog the Obamas would choose, and he shocked everyone with a Portuguese Water Dog they named ‘Bo’.

It looks like it was a good choice for the president too, as the Portuguese Water Dog has just been listed as one of the prized assets in the Obamas’ fortunes. Bo, the dog the US media fell in love with, has been listed as being worth $1,600 in the presidents financial disclosure forms. The value of Bo ads to other windfalls the US president has come by since he took office.


His windfalls include the $1.4 million he won for his Nobel Prize, all of which he (more…)

Top 7 world’s most famous dogs

by Leanne Thompson on September 10, 2009

It wasn’t too long ago we reported that Elle Macpherson’s dog signed a modelling contract, taking the Labradoodle Bella to instant stardom, and talked about the world’s richest dogs, so here we take a look at the top 7 world’s most famous dogs.

1 – Obama’s dog Bo – Portuguese water dogportuguese_water_dog_bo
Top of the list at the moment, according to the Telegraph, is Obama’s dog Bo. We reported every step of Bo’s journey from when Bo was returned to his breeder to his welcoming as First Dog Bo. Bo’s addition to the Obama family has rocketed the Portuguese water dog breed to instant fame worldwide.

2 – Tinkerbell Hilton – Chihuahua
Hot on the heels of Bo, Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua is (more…)

Portuguese Water Dog Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on May 14, 2009

The Portuguese Water Dog breed has certainly had its profile raised since the US President Barack Obama’s family chose to adopt Bo, pictured below. Bo is probably the most famous puppy alive at the time of writing and even Bo’s father, stud dog Watson, has received a lot of attention. Portuguese Water Dog puppies are adorable, as can be seen from the picture on the right courtesy of, but before anyone rushes out to buy their own Portie as the breed is affectionately known or PWD for short, it is important to know a bit more about the Portuguese Water Dog breed in general.

portuguese_water_dog_boThe Portuguese Water Dog is a fun loving dog and unsurprisingly from his name, a real water lover. They are generally great with families and children and ideal for active people who want an affectionate yet adventurous companion. This is certainly not a dog for couch potatoes.

This dog breed is very intelligent and responsive, so an owner needs to be calm and show consistent authority.

Typical Portuguese Water Dog
Height: 20 – 23 inches for males; 17 – 21 inches for females
Weight: 40 – 60 lbs for males (18 – 27 kg); 35 – 50 lbs for females (16 – 23 kg)
Average Litter Size: Around 5 – 7 puppies
Life Expectancy: 10 – 14 years; they mature well and generally remain active into their senior years
Good with Children: Yes if properly trained and kept active (see below)
Kennel Club Classification: Gundog Group (more…)

Portuguese water dog saves owner from fire

by Darren Jamieson on April 22, 2009

water-dogThe Portuguese water dog breed has been receiving a lot of press of late due to the US President, Barack Obama, choosing one as his ‘first dog’. However, there are other Portuguese water dogs making the news as well as the one currently residing in the White House.

Cabrillo is one such dog, who received an award from the fire department in San Diego after he alerted his owner to a fire, which saved the life of his neighbour. The fire broke out on April 2nd while Cabrillo’s owner was asleep in bed. Cabrillo began to bark when he noticed that their next door neighbour’s house was on fire, waking his owner.

Thanks to Cabrillo, the fire department was able to act in time and extinguish the fire, saving the life of his neighbour.

Cabrillo received a box of dog treats for his actions (which he presumably didn’t eat all at once) and was made an honorary department fire dog.

Obama dog Bo was returned to his breeder

by Leanne Thompson on April 21, 2009

OBAMA-DOG/Did anybody wonder why the Portuguese water dog that the Obama family chose was six months old and not a younger puppy?  Bo was an unwanted, returned puppy; he was lucky though.  The breeder that bred Bo was a responsible breeder.

Being a responsible breeder means a lot more than just not over breeding your bitch and keeping your puppies until they are old enough.  All responsible breeders should ensure that anyone purchasing a puppy signs an agreement stating that they will return the puppy to the breeder if they do not want them later in life.

The Obama family were under a lot of pressure to (more…)

First dog Bo: watch his video and read his blog

by Leanne Thompson on April 15, 2009

I doubt any other ‘first dog’ has had as much attention as Bo, the Portuguese water dog chosen by Malia and Sasha Obama to be the president’s ‘first dog’.

Reporters worldwide turned up to video Bo’s first appearance outside the White House yesterday and today, Bo even has his own blog article on The Telegraph’s website that you can read where he talks about his humiliation outside the White House.

You can also watch a video of Bo here:

Portuguese water dog – Obama’s ‘first dog’

by Leanne Thompson on April 14, 2009

portuguese_water_dog_boThe Portuguese water dog is certain to be the most talked about dog breed for some time now, thanks to US President Barack Obama.

Nobody could accuse the President of rushing into purchasing the first dog the family thought of as the topic of who and which breed would be the ‘first dog’ of America has been talked about since late last year and Obama’s family were even offered the Hairless Peruvian from Peru as a gift.

After much debate, and with (more…)

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