A Tough Decision for Obama: Picking the First Dog

AKC wants a poodle, PETA wants a mutt
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 4:56 PM CST
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(Newser) – Barack Obama promised his daughters a dog after the election, win or lose. So it was no surprise when he told the girls during his acceptance speech they “have earned the puppy that is coming with us.” But what kind will the first family choose? Malia, 10, wants a “goldendoodle”—a mix of a golden retriever and a standard poodle, the Chicago Tribune reports.

But the goldendoodle is not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club. The AKC’s members voted in a poll that the new first dog should be purebred, specifically a standard poodle. But following their advice would upset PETA, which wrote the president-elect a letter urging him to adopt a dog from a pound.