We brought little Louis home just three weeks ago and we are in love! What drew us to the Portuguese Water Dog initially started out as my husband looking for a larger breed that would do well with my allergies. Our beloved Bichon Frise, Max, passed away two years ago and my husband had always said that our next fur child would be a larger dog. (He grew up with Lhasa Apsos, so he was ready for a larger dog for once!) We also have an 8 year old Bichon/Pekingese mix that we rescued about 7 years ago. The more we researched the PWD's, the more we liked them. Found an amazing breeder and finally got to bring one home! The breeder is interested in showing him (if we want) so we may do a few shows down the line if it works out. She said he wouldn't have to stay away from us to show..i.e. we could go with him, which was my main concern. He starts his puppy obedience classes this Thursday and we hope to segue into agility training. He seems to be okay with the water so far, but we do have to encourage him in a little bit. He fits the breed personality to a tee. Such a sweet boy, yet very active/playful side. Our adult son is living at home while attending college so it is nice to divide up the "Entertain Louis" time between the three of us! Louis is already doing great on a leash and learning not to maul our other dog with every passing. We can already see his athleticism and it is beautiful to watch! Though he is still growing into his body so is a bit clumsy and I worry every time he bounds up the stairs and trips over himself! I do have some questions, but I will save them for a new thread. Anyway...just wanted to introduce myself and I look forward to learning more about this beautiful breed. Attached is a picture of Louis at 7 weeks when we visited him at the breeder. He was the only curly of the 8 (the rest were wavy) and we really wanted the curly. I kind of think of him as my big black bichon.