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
Want a Dog Like Bo? Here's Your 11-Page Application
In this file April file photo, Malia, left, and Sasha Obama walk Bo.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

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?"
(More Bo Obama stories.)

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