Obama Narrows Choices for First Dog

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.”

Read more about the Portuguese Water Dog on the AKC’s breed pages and the at the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America site.


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