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Poodle elected top dog for Obama family

As the Democrats were meeting in Denver this week to crown Barack Obama as their presidential nominee, the American public selected its choice for his family's dog. The winning breed: The poodle—by a hair.
/ Source: Reuters

In a national poll of 42,000 people, the poodle was selected as the dog of choice for the Obama family. "It is no surprise the American public chose a poodle for Obama," said spokeswoman Lisa Peterson, adding the breed is the eighth most popular nationally and the third most common type of dog in Washington, D.C.

It narrowly edged past the narrowly edged past the soft-coated Wheaten terrier, the American Kennel Club (AKC) said.

Other breeds in the poll included the miniature schnauzer, the Bichon Frise, and the Chinese Crested. The five breeds in the survey were picked for being hypoallergenic, because one of the Obama's daughters is said to suffer from allergies.

The Obamas promised their daughters, Malia and Sasha, that the family would get a dog after the Nov. 4 presidential election.

Peterson said there are three types of poodles — the toy, the miniature and the classic — depending on their size.

“It is so important to pick the right breed for your lifestyle,” she said, adding that pet owners should make a 10- to 15-year commitment when choosing a dog.

The club also noted that Republican presidential hopeful John McCain already has four dogs, including a Yorkshire terrier and a springer spaniel.

According to the Kennel Club, McCain enjoys a 42 percent to 37 percent edge over Obama among animal lovers.

The Bush family dog, Barney, a Scottish terrier, has become a celebrity during his eight years in the White House, complete with his own website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/barney/).

While a purebred dog is the most common in the White House, animal rights group PETA last month urged the Obamas to also consider adopting a mixed breed dog to call attention to the plight of the many pets awaiting homes in animal shelters.