Presidential Dog Choice Narrowed Down to Labradoodle and Portuguese Water Dog

18/01/2009 02:08

This is about President-elect Obama’s choice of dog for his daughters Malia and Sasha when they move to the White House as the US First Family.

President-elect Barrack Obama has promised his two daughters, Malia and Sasha that he will give them a dog as gift and to make up for lost time during his grueling campaign for presidency. That promise has not been kept until now but Obama said that he is getting closer to his final choice.

The other day he announced that the choice has been narrowed down to two and naming them as Labradoodle and Portuguese water dog.

In an interview by ABC News Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos, he asked Obama on behalf of his daughters Sasha and Malia, what kind of dog is he getting for them and when will they have one.

Obama’s answer was, “they seemed to have narrowed it down to Labradoodle or Portuguese water hound …medium sized dog- and so we are now going to start at shelters to see when one of these dogs will come up.

“So you are closing in on it? George asked Obama.

We’re closing in on it. “This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary” the president-elect said.

The choice of presidential dog has been quite difficult for the President-elect because his other daughter, Malia has allergies and therefore the dog that will be chosen must be hypoallergenic. Dog breeders and animal activists across the USA have been consulted and this has resulted into the two choices as announced the other day.

Here are the choices


Labradoodle is actually a crossbred of Labrador retriever and Standard or Miniature Poodle. It is a lovable dog breed known for its exceptional intelligence and trainability, low to non-shedding coat, low allergy coat and lack of doggie odor. They are friendly, sociable and aggressive. Their non-allergic coat makes them among people who have not been able to enjoy pets because of their allergies.

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese water dog (PWD of Porty) is a rare dog breed that originated in Portugal where they were raised and taught to herd fish into the fishermen’s nets, to retrieve lost tackles and broken nets, and they act as couriers from ship to ship and from shore to ship. Porties were historically trained as working dogs but they are also good companion dogs.

PWD is less shedding and hypoallergenic and is recommended for dog owners who have allergies.


(original article appeared @ Newsflavor )

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