Here is an article from the American Kennel Club website with the latest on the Obamas hunto for “First Dog”
New York, NY [ January 12th, 2009 ] – President-Elect Barack Obama announced that he has narrowed his search for a canine cabinet member and is seeking to appoint a Portuguese Water Dog or a Labradoodle as America’s as first pet. While the AKC does not recognize the Labradoodle (considered a mixed breed), over 42,000 voters on the organization’s web site chose a Poodle as the ideal dog for the Obamas in a poll conducted this summer.
AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said “One of the great benefits of a purebred dog is predictability — knowing what you are going to get. In the case of someone with allergies this is particularly important, so a Portuguese Water Dog would be a great choice for the Obamas.”
The AKC breed standard for the Portuguese Water Dog describes it as “an animal of spirited disposition, self-willed, brave, and very resistant to fatigue. A dog of exceptional intelligence and a loyal companion.”