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Obama To Choose Portuguese Water Dog Or Labradoodle

Submitted by Craig Agranoff on Friday, 16 January 2009 29 Comments

picture-63Future headlines might read like “why didn’t Obama choose an American Breed?” I can see the tabloids now. Of course, these would be referring to the soon-to-be-adopted puppy the Obama’s will bring to the White House.

I know many of you will wonder what this has to do with Social Commerce, but I wanted to educate anyone who didn’t know what our first dog will be about.  Nothing more social then helping someone decide about the purchase (commerce) of a new puppy!

The tradition of a First Dog in Washington is long, storied, and steeped in tradition. Some people remember the dogs of the Presidents better than they remember the men who’ve held the office. Often, I wonder if the dog wouldn’t have made better decisions.

With the announcement that Obama has promised his girls a puppy when they move to D.C., a clamor from various animal activist groups resulted, stating that he should elect (ha!) to rescue a dog from the shelter. This amidst the usual “this is all a distraction” taunts from the conspiracy nuts (who’re at least half right). Then came Obama’s badly-timed remark that finding a dog has been harder than choosing a Secretary of Commerce.

Reports from the Obama camp say that he’s received more advice on the choice of dog than on any other subject so far: including foreign policy, domestic policy, security, etc. Yep, Americans love their dogs and celebrity dogs are especially dear.

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The President-elect then announced on ABC News that he’s narrowed the choice down to a Portuguese Water Dog or a Labradoodle. The next morning, I had coffee with a friend and brought this up and he summed it up: “What the hell is a labra-whattle?” It’s a “labrador-poodle” mix and these designer dogs are quite popular, despite not being a recognized breed. Leave it to Americans to popularize a melting-pot dog. I think this should be Obama’s choice just for pure PC sake.

Of course, in order to be in the know, I had to do some research. Both of these dogs are notably poodle-like in appearance. Curly hair, generally shaggy looks, without the primp of the showcase poodles you see at the dog shows. Both breeds offer something potentially useful to the White House.

The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed that was molded by Portuguese fishermen to act as a general in-the-water tool. One of the tasks they are particularly good at is carrying messages from ship-to-ship, which could come in handy during secret meetings. Who would suspect the dog coming to the President’s side to be petted is really carrying a secret missive?  These dogs come in both wavy and curly, but if you ask me which one is better I will of course say the curly Breed, since my very own Portuguese Water Dog Phantom happens to be one.  I would also like to mention that should Obama pick the Portuguese Water Dog (or as those in the know refer to as PWD or Porties) , I picked it way before it was cool.  Actually maybe Obama is copying me?  If Obama should choose this rare breed, expect for the prices to rise until they are mass produced.  Portuguese Water Dogs could cost more then $2000.  Expect the White House to have wet carpets, as if these dogs see water they make a bee line and dive in!

Labradoodles, on the other hand, come from Australia and so exhibit the characteristic outback toughness and coolness under fire of all Australians. Their true strength comes from their Labrador background, however: no one can resist a lab. It’s scientifically proven and therefore a labradoodle (being both a conversation starter and a cuddler) could act as a much-needed distraction when required. So during the next scandal or awkward “where’d the translator go?” moment, the labradoodle could provide a much-needed diplomatic service.

Which leads us to White House scandal and more tabloid news. The question is whether it will be the dog, Obama’s lack of sleep because he chose a puppy, or the Obama girls slacking on cleaning up the lawn and foreign dignitaries stepping in it. I’m guessing a combination.

As if taking over the Presidency of our country isn’t a big enough job, Obama is now going to take on a new puppy too. Bad move, I think, unless he can find a good personal assistant. It’s a full-time, 24/7/365 job that requires serious commitment. Running the country isn’t easy either, I bet.

Not to mention convincing your kids after a week that the dog is still their responsibility and they need to keep the lawn clean so prime ministers and kings and such aren’t ruining their shoes. I can see the foreign relations crisis and our teetering on the brink of the next world war due to a land mine at the White House during a dignitary’s visit…

And as a shameless plug to Phantom:

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  • John Jaque

    They are both really ugly!

  • Kerry

    Portuguese Water Dogs are funny, smart, alert, sturdy, and all around great dogs. They have been a well kept secret, avoiding popularity perhaps due to the traditional centuries-old “lion-cut” hairdo that many of them sport at dog shows: a really weird haircut! But truly they are NOT an “ugly dog.” I just hope all this talk doesn't create an overload of demand for them. They are a pretty healthy breed right now, and that could be wrecked by popularity,

  • Cari

    I vote for the Portuguese water dog but bet he takes the Labradoodle. As silly as it seems reporting about a dog choice, it's what people like talking about. I was at a work meeting when this article came out and when I went down to breakfast I overheard many people arguing their opinions on why one is a better dog than the other. Thanks for the comedy in your articles.

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    Personally, I would have to instantly choose the PWD. Had one growing up and they were simply the best and brightest breed I have encountered. However since obama is a mix, maybe he will like the labradoodle?

  • livsmom

    Originally he said he was going to “resuce” a pooch from a shelter. What happend to that idea?? I doubt theres many PWD's there. (should of known) !!

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    If there were any, we would have rescued them ourselves! Why do politicians have to lie about everything!

  • Jessie

    Oh yeah. Obama totally copied you.

  • David M. Ledal

    The name is the easy part, but first you have to have a dog! As far as name goes it's all about the disposition of the dog. Names like River, hunter, Water-Walker, Ladybird, Allie and Primo etc..tell the story. I'm just glad that they didn't choose my dog “The Airedale”. Because whatever dog they choose, people will run out and buy, and in six months there will be more dogs in the pounds and dog rescue center than ever. So if you want a Portuguese Water Dog you will be able to get one cheap in a year. If the Obama's were actually thinking they would get a female “Heinz 57″. After all, it's there first dog and females are easier and there's enough dog out there. Sometimes you have to realize the stage your on and that it's not about you!

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    Are there no american breeds that could have satisfied presidential canine requirements????

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    Labradoodles are a great breed, especially with the high level of hybrid vigor the first-generation pups have.

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    I wanna ask one thing..Doed these dogs come in both wavy and curly?..according to me too better is of course say the curly Breed, since my very own Portuguese Water Dog Phantom happens to be one..
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    I wanna ask one thing..Doed these dogs come in both wavy and curly?..according to me too better is of course say the curly Breed, since my very own Portuguese Water Dog Phantom happens to be one..
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