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Mid-South vet weighs in on first dog

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Collierville, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - You could say the first family's presidential pet is a bit of a publicity hound. 
Bo the Portuguese Water Dog is starring in his first children's book, and his first full day as a White House resident made national news. 
Collierville veterinarian Carr Kelsey says the Obamas' newest addition is a breed that's all work and plenty of play. 

Kelsey says Portugese water dogs, which usually weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, were raised as working class companions.

"They were bred for fisherman in Portugal, and they were used to retrieve fish," he said.

The first family's new pet will likely love swimming, and will require routine laps around the White House. 

"So, they're going to have a lot of energy," said Kelsey. "So, they will require a good bit of activity...exercise probably at least an hour a day."

The water dog's curly coat is hypoallergenic. There's very little shedding, not much dander and no undercoat. But Bo's single layer of fur will need trimming about once a month.

The Obama family and their staff will have to keep Bo busy. If they don't, Bo's breeder says he'll most certainly find something else to get into.  

"And being that he is the first dog, I'm sure the White House staff will help on house training and obedience training," said Kelsey.
If you weren't familiar with the Portuguese Water Dog before the first family made the breed famous, it's no surprise. The breed didn't even arrive in the U.S. until the 1960's.


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