The Obamas Choose Portuguese Water Dog as White House Pet


After much public speculation, the Obamas have selected the breed of dog that will join their family in the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama told People Magazine that the family will adopt a Portuguese water dog in April, at the end of the children’s spring break.

"Temperamentally they're supposed to be pretty good," Obama told People. “From the size perspective, they're sort of middle of the road -- it's not small, but it's not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that's where we're leaning."

The Obamas’ daughter Malia reportedly suffers from several allergies, and Portuguese water dogs make excellent pets for allergy sufferers due to their hypoallergenic coats. In addition, the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America claims that the dogs are great with children but require supervision due to their aggressive playfulness.

“Children and PWDs can be best of buddies,” the Club’s website reads. “But expect slip-ups with kids and PWDs and try to instill reliability in both. Always keep a sharp eye on them when together. Never leave your dog and child alone together.”

No word yet on what the Obamas plan to name their new canine friend.

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