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Sunny: The New Portuguese Water Dog of the Obama Family

By Hundidocom @hundidopuppy

Last week, news broke about the new addition to the Obama family! First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Sunny, the first family’s new dog, via her Instagram account.

Sunny and Bo

Sunny and Bo (-image credit)

Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012, and arrived at the White House today. Just like Bo, she’s a Portuguese Water Dog, which works great for the Obamas because of allergies in their family.Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo – full of energy and very affectionate – and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality. -source
SunnySunny (- image credit)Just like Bo, Sunny is a Portuguese Water Dog. In consideration for the first daughters’ allergies, this breed of dog is best for them. Here are a couple of information worth knowing about Portuguese Water Dog.1. Portuguese Water Dogs originated along the coast of Portugal. Used by fishermen to haul nets, carry tackle and transport messages between ships, Portuguese Water Dogs were robust and dependable enough to be considered part of a ship’s crew. While no one knows for certain where they came from, some say they descend from ancient Asian herding dogs that were brought to Portugal by traders hundreds of years ago. (-source)2. Portuguese Water Dogs can live as long as 14 years. Generally healthy, some can develop hip dysplasia and eye problems such as cataracts. In spite of their thick, wavy coats, Portuguese Water Dogs are fairly easy to groom, needing only regular brushing and clipping. They shed very little. (-source)3. Portuguese Water Dogs are sturdy, strong medium-sized dogs covered in thick coats that can be either curly or wavy. They come in brown, black, white or various combinations of the three. They have large heads with rounded skulls, dark eyes, boxy muzzles and thin ears that hang somewhat close to the head. Their muscular necks lead down to long backs and thick, tapered tails that are carried in a high curl. Overall, the Portuguese Water Dog looks gallant yet robust. (-source)

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