Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog (cão de água português) is a breed of dog traditionally used to assist fishermen in Portugal. When modern technology made the dog's traditional work obsolete, it was in danger of being lost, but the breed was saved from extinction by dedicated fanciers including Dr. Vasco Bensuade, a wealthy businessman.
The breed standard requires an exceptionally intelligent and loyal dog with great stamina.
PWDs, as they are known, are a rare breed but recent events may change this: in April 2009, it was announced that US President Barack Obama is to select such a breed as a pet for his daughters in the White House. The new puppy is called "Bo" (apparently after Bo Diddley) and is reported to have been a gift from Portuguese Water Dog-fancier Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy.