(CNN) - Most Americans think President-Elect Barack Obama should buy his girls a new puppy from an animal shelter or pound, but there is no widespread consensus on what kind of dog should be the next occupant of the White Doghouse, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
Two thirds of Americans say the Obamas should adopt a dog from an animal shelter while just 30 percent favor the next first dog coming from a breeder or a pet store, the new poll said.
Discussing the matter with reporters last month, President-elect Obama said it was his preference to adopt a dog from a shelter, but said the fact that his daughter Malia is allergic could complicate the matter.
"Our preference is to get a shelter dog, but most shelter dogs are mutts like me," Obama said.
But the public's advice on what kind of dog to get is widely scattered (more than 70 different breeds were suggested), with Labrador retrievers topping the list with 13 percent.
Nine percent suggested getting a mutt or a mixed breed dog, making that the second-most popular suggestion, along with poodles, also mentioned by 9 percent of the public.
Next on the list were various terrier breeds, followed by German shepherds and golden retrievers.
While no breed of animal is completely hypoallergenic, some breeds spawn fewer allergic reactions than others - especially dogs with shorter hair.
There wasn't much consensus on whether the Obamas should get a male puppy or a female puppy - Americans were equally split on that subject.
But whatever the Obamas decide, their daughters will be joining a very large club - nearly nine in ten Americans have owned a dog at some point in their lives.
The poll comes days after Vice President-elect Joe Biden acquired a new puppy of his own - deciding to go with a three-month old German shepherd.
Biden’s wife, Jill, promised the future VP a dog if he and Obama got elected. Biden found the as-yet-unnamed pup in a breeder’s kennel in southeastern Pennsylvania, the area’s Daily Local News reported.
The poll surveyed 1,096 Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.