Update: No Decision Yet on Obama Dog Breed

Portuguese Water Dog is favored by Michelle Obama; final verdict is pending.

Posted: February 26, 2009, 4 p.m. EST

It’s all still up in the air for the Obama family and their new dog – the name, where it will come from, and, contrary to recent reports, what breed.

On Wednesday, it looked like the first family had made some important decisions regarding the future first dog.

Now, it turns out the choice is not clear. First Lady Michelle Obama said they will adopt a dog sometime in April, when the family returns from a vacation over spring break.

Her pick? The Portuguese Water Dog. That isn’t a final decision made by the entire family, though, according a new report in the Chicago Tribune.

In the latest development, Mrs. Obama’s press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said, “They have not selected a breed. Mrs. Obama likes the Portuguese Water Dog, but she is only one of four votes."

The “Labradoodle” might still have a shot at the White House after all. In the end, it will come down to picking a breed with the temperament and personality to match the busy lifestyle of a first family.

As for a name, the Obama girls have shared some ideas with their mother.

“Oh, the names are really bad,” Mrs. Obama said. “I don’t even want to mention it, because there are names floating around and they’re bad. 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.”

One thing that seems definite is a spring arrival.

“So Sasha says, ‘April 1st.’ I said, ‘April.’ She says, ‘April 1st.’ It’s, like, April!,” Michelle says. “Got to do it after spring break. You can’t get a new dog and then go away for a week,” Mrs. Obama said.

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Sara   Kansas City, MO

3/2/2009 12:13:57 PM

If they choose the Portuguese Water Dog, they should name him "Prince Henry" as in the Navigator.

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acs   hammond, IN

2/27/2009 7:55:41 PM

I really don't know what the fuss is about. Who cares what kind of dog the president has. Big deal. Let's try to stay focused on what he does for the country. And honestly, I'd be more impressed if he rescued as opposed to buying a dog.

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julie   lewiston, ME

2/27/2009 1:03:47 PM

I can't wait to see what kind of dog they get.

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Maureen   Toronto, ON

2/27/2009 11:00:01 AM

I love our labradoodle - 35 pounds of intelligence, cuteness and devotion.

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