President-Elect Barack Obama announced that he has narrowed his search for a canine cabinet member and is seeking to appoint a Portuguese Water Dog or the Labradoodle (considered a mixed breed, left), over 42,000 voters on the organization’s web site chose a Poodle as the ideal dog for the Obamas in a poll conducted this summer.
AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said “One of the great benefits of a purebred dog is predictability – knowing what you are going to get. In the case of someone with allergies this is particularly important, so a Portuguese Water Dog would be a great choice for the Obamas.“ The AKC breed standard for the Portuguese Water Dog describes it as “an animal of spirited disposition, self-willed, brave, and very resistant to fatigue. A dog of exceptional intelligence and a loyal companion.”
The AKC’s dedicated website www.presidentialpup.com provides up-to-date information on Obama’s search for a dog and offers resources related to his search, including America’s choice of first dog, materials on hypoallergenic breeds, and facts on past presidential pets.