The Obama Dog -

Blow to Schnauzer Lovers!

Can you believe it - the President Barack Obama dog WON'T be a Schnauzer!

Mr Obama has announced that he has narrowed his search for a canine cabinet member. He is now seeking to appoint a Labradoodle or Portuguese Water Dog as America’s as first pet, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The AKC does not recognize the Labradoodle, which is a mixed breed created by crossing a Labrador with a Poodle and, for some reason, very popular in Australia. The Portuguese Water Dog is, however, a purebred.

We think they look very much like Giant Schnoodles (see photo of a Portuguese Water Dog below).

Portuguese Water Dog

In a poll conducted last Summer, over 42,000 voters on the organization’s web site chose the Poodle as the ideal dog for the Obama family The runner-up was the Wheaten Terrier, with the Miniature Schnauzer a serious contender.

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."

YES, we say, but so is the Schnauzer!!. You'll not find a more loyal companion anywhere, President Obama.

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."

And it seems, it's not only the President Obama dog in the news. It has been widely reported that Vice President Joe Biden also made a deal with his wife, "If you get the vice presidency and get elected, you can get a dog," Biden said his wife told him.

Well, let's keep our fingers crossed that a Schnauzer gets a look in....

By the way, wasn't that an awesome and inspirational speech President Obama gave at his inauguration? I think we Brits loved it almost as much as those of you over the Pond.

Here's wishing the new President all the very best during his term of office (....whichever dog he chooses!)

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