February 25th, 2009
05:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama family chooses dog

One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.
One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.

(CNN) – One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.

First Lady Michelle Obama told People magazine that her family has decided to adopt a Portuguese water dog, pointing to the breed’s medium-sized and good-natured reputation. The breed is also hypoallergenic — a must, given daughter Malia’s allergy to dogs.

The first lady said her daughters will have to wait until the end of April to get the dog, since her family is planning on going away for Spring Break.

The only thing left to pick is the name, and Mrs. Obama said she is not a fan of her daughters’ choices.

“There are names floating around and they're bad," Mrs. Obama said in the interview. "You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn't a moose? Moose. I'm like, no, come on, let's work with the names a little bit."

Since Obama announced on Election Night that his daughters had “earned” a dog, there has been a lot of speculation and input from dog-lovers around the country. The president has said for months that he was looking for a shelter dog that was hypoallergenic.

Mrs. Obama said she took some advice from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who owns two Portuguese water dogs and had lobbied the first family to choose the breed. But overall, she said found the level of excitement about the family’s dog “surprising.”

"It's all great and gracious attention,” Mrs. Obama said, in the edition of people that hits newsstands Friday. “People are just being as helpful as you can imagine. So I know that we will find the perfect breed. And we'll find people who are caring folks who will help us find the dog of our dreams.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. ryan

    name it robocop

    February 25, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Me...

    Seriously?

    With all the crud going on, and everything seemingly going to hell (which is whats being reported). CNN decides to turn their attention to what dog the President's family chose.

    Maybe there just isnt all the doom and gloom in the world, if this takes time, attention and money to print.

    February 25, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Henry

    Nice family, all what we need in America!

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    uh oh another Obama heartwarming story. Get ready for a right wing hate attack in 3-2-1...........

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. cliff

    MR. PRESIDENT AND FAMILY:
    WE HAVE A PWD. OUR DAUGHTER RAISES THEM. THAY ARE GREAT PETS. CLIFF

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Is this news?

    Who cares?

    Let's worry about fixing the economy instead of picking some silly animal...

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Ravi

    I absolutely LOVE that photo! The Obamas look absolutely adorable as a family, and I'm happy that the girls will finally be obtaining a new pooch shortly.

    Good call on the choice of dog, Madam First Lady!

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Russ

    I love dogs, but It's JUST A DOG!

    nothing happening in the world today?

    must be pretty slow these days huh?

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. yellow

    As in "Yellow Dog Democrat" He will soon be one.

    February 25, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    I hope Sasha and Malia enjoy their new pet.

    February 25, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. az12345

    And this is news? I guess the first family is our newest celebrities

    February 25, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Hispanic in Dallas, TX

    Why is this news, who cares?

    February 25, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. jj

    A picture worth a thousand words!

    February 25, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Chris

    You've got to be kidding? Who cares about a stupid dog!! Our country is drowning right now and you're reporting on a dog?

    February 25, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. THE WORLD IS WATCHING *HOPE IS COMING

    I love this family.......God Bless you Obama's

    February 25, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Steve

    CNN Headline March 2009

    Portuguese Water Dog Puppy Mills Springing Up Across U.S.

    February 25, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Randyman

    The most important decision of his presidency.

    February 25, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. fancy pants

    I still think they should name it Maverick.

    February 25, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. J.Crobuzon

    Name it 'George' and kick it every night.

    February 25, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Catz

    Obama's new dog should be a CAT!

    February 25, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Laverne

    What a nice family picture of the Obama's. It is so refreshing to see some diversity in the White House.

    February 25, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Ray Fisher

    How about the name "Recovery" or "Freedom" as both apply to our first family!!!

    February 25, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    That's nice.

    February 25, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Gen Patton

    Who cares.

    February 25, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. BETH

    JAZZ WOULD BE A GOOD NAME. COULD STAND FOR JASMINE IF PUPPY IS FEMALE OR JUST JAZZ IF NOT. LIKE ALL THAT "JAZZ" HAVING A NEW PUPPY IS LIKE HAVING A NEW BABY. I LOVE THINKING OF THE OBAMA FAMILY ENJOYING THEIR PET.

    February 25, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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