Americans Elect Poodle as Potential 'First Dog'

Thousands of dog lovers vote for "best breed for the Obamas” in national poll.

Posted: August 29, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The Poodle is poised to be the next presidential dog, that is, if the votes cast by 42,000 people influence Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama when selecting a family dog.

The seven-week campaign resulted in a tight race between the Poodle and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, with the Poodle clinching the nomination by a few hundred votes. Other contenders included the Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frise, and Chinese Crested – breeds picked because they’re easier on allergy sufferers, and one of the Obama daughters has allergies. Poodles are the only breed that comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard.

“When times get tough – during a bad economy or when presidential pressures are at their peak – these dogs serve as devoted and non-judgmental companions that bring joy and relaxation to our first families,” said Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club.

The AKC launched a national poll to find a breed for the Obama family after reports that – win or lose – Obama promised his daughters, Malia and Sasha, a dog after the Nov. 4 presidential election.


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Hannah   Sacremento, CA

2/11/2009 4:20:52 PM

Get a Golden Retriever WAY!!! Perfect dog! Will love you to death, good w/ kids, ours is a GREAT watchdog!

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Pam   Spokane, WA

1/10/2009 5:30:10 PM

I think that the Standard Poodle is the best choise for the new president Obama. We have a Red Standard poodle she is hypo-allergenic and extremly smart

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Myla   Houston, TX

8/30/2008 6:45:40 PM


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Lisa   Downers Grove, IL

8/30/2008 4:06:52 PM

I not too fond of Poodles myself so, I would NOT vote for the poodle. Maybe some other dog though.

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