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The Obamas' dog? They're narrowing it down

Sasha and Malia will get either a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound, the president-elect says.

January 12, 2009|Mark Silva

Never mind the economy, or Gaza, or Iran. The real news out of Sunday's ABC interview with President-elect Barack Obama is the answer to the question that Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, planted with George Stephanopoulos:

What kind of dog, and when?

It'll probably either be a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound, Obama replied -- revealing that he still had a little homework to do.

The Portuguese water dog is a pedigreed pup. "Known for centuries along Portugal's coast," the American Kennel Club notes, "this seafaring breed was prized by fishermen for a spirited yet obedient nature, and a robust, medium build that allowed for a full day's work in and out of the water."

The Labradoodle, a mix of Labrador retriever and poodle, is a designer hybrid not recognized by the AKC -- at least not yet.

The Obamas are looking in Washington-area shelters.

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mdsilva@tribune.com

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