Portuguese Water Dog


After moving into the White House, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, and his family selected a Portuguese Water Dog as their dog. Shortly after this, Enrico Genosse created the VKC® version, basing its appearance on a neighbor's dog.


  • Basic Positions: stand, sit, down, bang, beg, bellyup, shake, rest
  • Basic Activities: come, getbone, howl, itch, roll, rove, sniff, speak, wag, wander
  • Other Activities: go, run, on, greet, get (These require you to name a destination or an object; for example, "Fido go Sandry" or "Fido run redball" or "Fido greet Bichon")
  • Owner-only commands: heel, follow (Follow also requires you to name a destination)
  • Special command: fetch (Requires a redball toy, free at VKC Dog Parks)

These instincts are not described in any detail because it will be much more fun for you and your dog to try them out together.

Special Poses

When you pet this dog, the avatar sits on the ground beside the dog and gently strokes the dog. The dog responds by rolling over onto its back and wiggling cheerfully as the avatar tickles the dog's belly.

The following poses add liveliness and charm to tricks you teach your dog. They must be used with the command pose. For example, to get the dog to bow down in the play pose, you would say, "Bo pose play."

  • bellyup2 (similar to bellyup but dog holds his head and tail in a different position)
  • lookleft (dog turns his head to the left)
  • lookright (dog turns his head to the right)
  • pee (dog holds up hind leg)
  • play (dog lowers his front end while keeping his hind end up with his tail held high)

Color Options


Prim Count - 15

Land Impact - 17

Important Dates

Released: May 2009

Retired: September 2015

Although the Portuguese Water Dog are in retirement, they still receive the full support of the VKC. They can be updated and claimed at the Dog Clinics and the VKC Proven Trainers will continue to help you with these breeds, just like always.

If you wish to adopt a Portuguese Water Dog, please contact one of the trainers who will put you on the waiting list to be notified when we have a newer version.

Petting the VKC Portuguese Water Dog

VKC Portuguese Water Dog (Video I)

VKC Portuguese Water Dog ‎(Video II)‎