January 11th, 2009
11:04 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama: Dog search harder than finding a Cabinet member

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Picking the first dog is harder than it seems - but it the race could be narrowing down.

President-elect Barack Obama said in an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that choosing the right dog is harder than selecting a Cabinet member.

"We're closing in on it. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary," Obama told George Stephanopoulos.

The hotly debated dog question, Stephanopoulos admitted, was submitted by the future first daughters - Sasha and Malia - before the show, which is broadcast from the Newseum.

"I heard they were taken straight to the first dog exhibit and while you were getting made up, they went into the control room and played director and producer," Stephanopoulos said. "And they actually gave me a question they want me to ask you. You know exactly what it's going to be."

Obama's response: "Uh oh."

"They seem to have narrowed it down to a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound," he said. "Medium sized dog, and so, we're now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up."

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Linda

    Get a Puggle. It's a mid size dog – part begle part pug and the best friend you can have. Be sure it is a female dog, tho.

    January 11, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Diego

    As a fellow allergy sufferer, I appreciate the Obamas putting these great hypoallergenic breeds up front for the media to see! Any poodle hybrid is usually great for those with dog allergies, and the Portuguese water dog is a close relative with a similar intellectual, playful personality.

    January 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Craig Nazor

    That is going to be one lucky little dog, to have such a fine family to live with!

    January 11, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. sneezy in seattle

    Please, if the girls are allergic don't get a labradoodle! These dogs are a cross between a poodle and lab and DO NOT produce consistently non-shedders. Half of any given litter will end up shedders and you simply can't tell when they are puppies. You have to wait until they are grown to see the true coat. I've met several labradoodles and all the owners have admitted that their dogs do indeed SHED. A rescued labradoodle most likely needs a home because the allergic owners have discovered they have a shedding dog they just can't live with. This labradoodle fad started as a marketing gimmick when some folks in Australia set out to breed a non-shedding guide dog, but then had a ton of reject puppies to get rid of that were shedders. They found they could charge $2500 - so even though they gave up on the guide dog idea, they continued the scam. My advice to the Obama family is to go with an older breed that is a tried and true non-shedder - a standard poodle for instance, and if that just doesn't fit the "image" then they might also look into an Irish Water Spaniel, a really gorgeous ancient breed with a naturally smooth lab-like face and tail and a top knot and body of ringlet NON-SHEDDING hair.

    January 11, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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