Want a Dog Like Bo? Here's Your 11-Page Application

Potential buyers face tough application process
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 2:25 PM CDT
In this file April file photo, Malia, left, and Sasha Obama walk Bo.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Since Bo Obama became first pup, everyone seems to want a Portuguese water dog, the Wall Street Journal reports. Good luck with that. Though requests are soaring, the nation's approximately 200 breeders are a pretty picky bunch. About 1,400 puppies are born each year, and only 1 in 10 applicants make the cut. (It helps to be president.)

Breeders "made it clear I had to prove myself worthy," said one recently qualified owner. Applications for buying the $2,000 pooch can run up to 11 pages, featuring essay questions like: “How would you describe the ideal dog for you and your family?" and "Of the dogs you have owned, what do you enjoy most about dog ownership?"