I'm referring to his family's decision on their dog. They've apparently decided on a Portuguse Water Dog.
Their temperament is described thus:
Portuguese Water dogs make excellent companions. They are loving, independent, and intelligent and are easily trained in obedience and agility skills. Once introduced, they are generally friendly to strangers, and actively enjoy being petted, which, due to their soft, fluffy coats, is a favour that human beings willingly grant them.