February 25th, 2009
05:39 PM ET
6 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. Jakey

    They look so fuzzy and cuddly. They should call it Wuzzy. As in fuzzy wuzzy.

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

    Dogs are like babies...gotta meet 'em before you name 'em.

    February 25, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Nancy W.

    I think "Frank" or "Moose" would be cute names ... as long as the dog is a boy. I have no idea why I'm so excited over their getting a dog, but I am. I just hope a bunch of people named Frank don't cause an uproar over Michelle Obama's dislike for that particular name. You know the type ...

    February 25, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. kathie ann

    Our
    first Mom, is so outstanding
    the dog will be welcomed by everyone.

    February 25, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. kathie ann

    Our
    first Mom, is so outstanding
    the dog will be welcomed by everyone.

    February 25, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Dee

    I hope it is still from a shelter

    February 25, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Just Me

    Johnny Cash sang a song about a boy named Sue, what's wrong with a dog named "Moose".

    February 25, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Barbara

    I think Michelle is a wonderful mom but if the dog is supposed to be the daughters' dog, then they should be allowed to name it.

    February 25, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Jason

    Cool. Let the girls name the dog – they are the ones that should have the most fun with it.

    February 25, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Joe in NJ

    Will they send the dog back once it's discovered he hasn't paid his taxes?

    February 25, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. ANGIE-OH

    Good, they are wonderful and beautiful dogs.

    February 25, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. 30m-Democrat-voted Clinton then McCain

    Are you kidding me!? Stop foaming at the mouth over this guy and let's be critical of this man the way you were critical of the Bush Administration. You're journalists for God's sake.

    February 25, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Jen

    I think "Frank" is kind of funny.

    February 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. j. smith

    So much for the first of many lies – that a shelter dog would be adopted – get ready everyone – this is only the start.

    February 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Miami

    He cant even buy an american breed...

    February 25, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. GB in KS

    Moose is a great name! Go for it, girls!

    February 25, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Mike, Vancouver

    Excellent choice, very nice dogs. Good natured, smart, attentive. Should be a very good high ranking general. As for the name, I'd call him/her "The Schwartze".

    Enjoy....

    February 25, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Mike

    Here are some name possibilities:

    George, Dick, Donald, Karl, Alberto, Scooter, Harriet, or Condi.

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. L. Carilo, H.R., CO

    To: Obama girls,

    Our beagle's name is Shadow Carilo; remember puppy's name should fit well withyour family's last name. We once had a mixed breed dog and his name fit him perfectly: Camper Carilo was named by my son because we loved going camping. Although, we did have our three children make one suggestion each, mom and dad had the last word in the matter, mom had greatest say because – I was the one spending the most amout of time with our puppies, and that was a big job. ~ L.C.

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. jano1234

    Who cares!!! Media is really "nuts" on him, aren't they?

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Mike Wagner

    and what does that have to do with the family pet?

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. SMJ

    Bectause education, infrastructure, and healthcare are PART of the economic problem. They all will provide JOBS which will in turn give Americans to pay their mortgages, taxes, and purchase goods and services to get the country moving again...

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. So, Was it a Shelter Dog or Not?

    So, Was it a Shelter Dog or Not?

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. gary, gpp

    Instead of a Portuguese water dog how about Sarah Palin on a leash ?

    February 25, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. donna

    Name the dog Ted.

    February 25, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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