A few interesting facts about the White House's New First Pooch.... The Portuguese Water Dog, as known as a Portie, is a water spaniel. Portuguese Water Dogs once existed all along Portugal's coast, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen’s nets. They make excellent companions. They are loving, independent, very intelligent, friendly and social animals. They do no shed, making some say they are hypoallergenic. The modern PWD, loves water, lots of attention and prefers to be engaged activity with humans. This is not a breed that likes to be left alone for long periods, indoors or out.......... I guess Bo is going on vacation this summer with the First Family!