August 5, 2012 Subscribe

A Legislative Update and the Buzz About Portuguese Water Dogs

Opponents of breed-specific legislation have reason to be cautiously optimistic by actions being considered in two American communities. Learn how voters in Florida’s Miami-Dade County may end a 23-year ban on owning “pit bulls” and similar breeds later this month, and why the city of Newark, Ohio, is considering removing these same breeds from the city’s “vicious dog” list to comply with recent changes in state law that “judge the deed, not the breed.”

The Portuguese Water Dog survived the turn of the last century in a few remote fishing villages along the Portuguese coast. Were it not for the interest of a few devoted fanciers on both sides of the Atlantic, the breed that currently resides in the White House may well have disappeared. Discover some of the many qualities that have made the Portie a popular favorite among today’s seafarers and landlubbers alike.

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Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief


Legislative Update: Potential Good News for ‘Pit Bulls’ in Florida and Ohio

By Christi McDonald

Summer is typically a less active time of year for new legislation to be proposed or enacted, as many legislative bodies are not in session during the summer months. However, there is a bit of news to report on the legislative front.

On July 25, 2012, the American Dog Owners Association reported that the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association has urged citizens to vote to end breed-specific legislation in the Miami-Dade County primary election on Aug. 14. more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Portuguese Water Dog
By Dan Sayers

Portuguese fishermen began sailing the high seas during the Middle Ages. From fishing villages scattered up and down the Atlantic coast, their ships set sail for faraway ports throughout Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa and even the New World.

For centuries, wherever these fishermen went, they were accompanied by the hardworking ancestors of today’s Portuguese Water Dog.

The Cao de Agua, as the breed is known in its native Portugal, became an indispensible partner to the fisherman, owing to its instinctive desire to retrieve from the water. more

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