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Is there a goldendoodle in the Obamas' future?

Lizzie_a_goldendoodle_who_lives_inEvery once in a while, Barack Obama, whose name you probably didn’t expect to see on L.A. Unleashed, mentions the fact that one of his earliest campaign promises was to his two little girls. When he decided to run for president, no matter what happens, he vowed, when it’s all over, the girls would get a dog.

Last fall in Vinton, Iowa, while shaking hands in a pharmacy and buying stuffed animals for Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, he told reporters that Malia -- “who seems to be driving this process” -- had investigated dog breeds. Because of allergies, she settled on a goldendoodle, the golden retriever/poodle crossbreed that is touted for being hypoallergenic. (The goldengoodle at right is named Lizzie and lives in the South Bay.)

“[Malia] says this is the optimal dog,” said Obama, before patting his pocket and realizing he’d left his wallet elsewhere. (An aide handed him a $20 for the gifts.)

The other day, the dog question came up again, at the end of an interview with the Obamas, conducted by Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America" (the dog question comes at 6:24).

“And a final lightning round question,” Roberts said. “Have the girls Malia and Sasha, have they gotten their dog?

Barack: “No dog yet.”

Michelle Obama: “The deal on dog is a year from now because what we know about raising a dog is that you have to be pretty stable, so you don’t drive your dog crazy.”

Now, you wouldn’t call what happened next on the show a cat fight, but you could tell there’s a little tension in the Obama household over the dog issue. Here Barack gives the ever-so-slight hint of a flip-flop on this critically important issue.

Michelle: "So we had a conversation around the dinner table about a month ago because this came up, ‘When is the dog coming?’ So we figured a year from now in the spring we would be settled, one way or another, and we shook on it."

Barack: “And we also have a year to test whether they are sufficiently responsible.”

Michelle: “They are responsible. Malia is responsible.”

Barack: “They're responsible for a 9- and a 6-year-old, they are responsible. But whether they're going to be responsible for.... Whether they'll be responsible in the middle of the winter to go walk that dog...."

Michelle: “...We're getting a dog.”

Barack: “... when it's cold outside."

Michelle: “The dog is a done deal.” [She looks into the camera, addressing her girls:] You guys are getting a dog. Don't let Dad...."

Barack: “The dog is a done deal ... who is walking the dog, that's what we're concerned about.”

--Robin Abcarian

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I think it is sad that they are considering a "designer dog" when millions of wonderful lovable mutts (actually 1/3 are purebreds) are euthanized each year. Why can't they adopt a dog from an animal shelter? It would send a wonderful message to kids (and their parents) and frankly it would help with the "dog-lover" vote too.

[Disclaimer -- I have two beagle mixes and a pit bull mix]

Good researching Malia! I am impressed with the current trend to seek out dogs that are selectively bred as a superior companion to man...not as bird dogs, not as pit dogs, not as pursuers of vermin or to win blue ribbons in the conformation show ring, but dogs that embody qualities most appropriate for becoming a treasured part of ones family...affectionate, devoted, intelligent, compliant, allergy friendly if that is an issue for your family, with the good health and sound conformation to sustain them. Remember Malia, to get good health history records on the families of dogs that contributed to the genetic make-up of your new best friend, and check the registrations on the various breeds that are included in the background of your designer dog...so you know you are getting the "package" of genetic traits you desire from healthy representatives of their respective breeds.
I notice another comment posted here voices the complaint that Malia and others should rescue the animals in shelters rather than considering the purchase of a dog from a breeder. While deeply disturbed by the plight of shelter dogs there has never been a time when the practice of "rescue" has been more risky. The purchase price of the most expensive purebred is quickly dwarfed by the cost of modern veterinary treatment when a dog proves to be unhealthy or unsound...Or the tragedy of an innate temperament that is not conducive, or in some cases even safe, to being an integral part of ones family...And the heartache of either scenario??? Priceless! I have adopted many pets from shelters in my long life, and most have enriched my life experience in spite of the unexpected veterinary bills and character flaws that sometimes accompanied the unknowable aspects of that method of acquisition. ...but... it's never been as risky a proposition as it is now. Even with the most well planned matings nature sometimes throws in an unexpected disappointing surprise, but with no plan or knowledge of an animals innate pre-dispositions...the potential for problems is myriad.
Your study of the nature of the breeds is smart, admirable, and sensible. Just check the reliability of the breeder, ask the right questions, and add lots of love and good training. Those are a winning combination.

I hope you find the dog of your dreams!

Cynthia, I think they address that point by mentioning the allergies, and that dog being hypoallergenic.

I think it makes sense for the girls to get a puppy from a breeder. The first few weeks are critical in a puppy's behavioral and social development. A good breeder will make sure the puppy is off to a good start. Those first few weeks are an unknown when a dog is gotten from a shelter. Some people are willing to take the risk regarding behavior. And, having a breeder who can be a resource as to what to expect along the way is extremely useful.

By the way, I have lots of friends with shelter dogs and many of them still have socialization problems that make it difficult for them to either be around other or strange dogs or people.

To Dog Lover:

I have adopted 6 shelter dogs and 1 stray. Only one of these dogs had any kind of behavioral problems and that was due to the development of degenerative myelopathy (common on purebred GSDs which was his breed). None of my dogs had ANY socialization problems whatsoever, once they became comfortable with their new home (this generally took a couple months). My experience is that dogs have a short memory. After 6 months with you, that's all they know.

Dogs end up in shelters for all kinds of reasons, generally because their people decide a dog doesn't fit into their lives, not problems with the dog itself.

Many of my dogs were older, actually OLD (e.g. over 10 yrs) when I adopted them. An older dog has already gotten as big as it is going to get, and has a well developed personality. You know exactly what you are getting when you adopt an older dog.

You do a tremendous disservice to the millions of homeless dogs when you make blanket statements like the one above.

I have had mutts from shelters all my life and they have all been fabulous dogs.
Responsible owners make good dogs.
Golden doodle = mutt in my book.
It`s time to stop this nonsense of designer dogs.
Leave the breeding of Pure Breed dogs in the hands of reputable Breeders.
I don`t believe that reputable Breeders would consider mixing two different Pure Breeds.
Barack and family go to a good shelter or rescue group and get an adult dog.
I highly recommend a "Pit Bull" if you and your wife are going to be responsible for the dog.
They`re fabulous with kids.
You`ll know what the dog is like as an adult.
NO 9 and 6 year old are responsible enough to be the caretaker of ANY dog.
That`s why we have problems.
Parents who think they can put children in charge of dogs.
If the children are going to be responsible for the pet,get them a hamster.
You`ll probably still be cleaning out the cage but at least the hamster won`t be causing problems in your neighbourhood.

Let's hope that the Obamas are elightened enough to ADOPT A DOG WHO'LL BE KILLED IN THE SHELTER instead of paying a breeder.

The Obamas should also spay, neuter and microchip their dog if they are the least bit enlightened.

I hope this does not mean that suddenly the goldendodle will become the "in dog" and then consequently show up in shelters just as the beagle is now populating all animal shelters!

Dogs from breeders often have MANY more health problems as do rescue dogs, and they certainly can have behavior problems as well. Breeders are almost completely unregulated and it is almost impossible to know whether a breeder is a "good breeder" or not.

Please consider a rescue dog. I've always had rescue dogs and they are wonderful companions. Save a life!

By the way, you can look for your preferred breed with Petfinder.com. There are many rescue groups who specialize in certain breeds.

Socialization problems occur with every single breed. It isn't limited at all to rescue dogs and in fact some breeds have many more socialization problems than others.

I am in dog training classes right now with my little rescue dog, and he's probably the most well-adjusted and well-socialized dog in the group which is almost all purebred dogs.

A Goldendoodle in the White House? What a great idea! It can chew up Michelle's shoes, repeatedly jump on visiting dignitaries and run away from the secret service when someone opens the back door... Fun for the whole family and staff!

If the Obamas want an affectionate, devoted, intelligent, compliant, allergy friendly companion for the white house, they should go "old school" and get a Standard Poodle.

Let us not forget that back in the day, Winston Churchill had poodles (Rufus and Rufus II, though the II was silent). I think a poodle would suit the Obamas just fine.

I seem to remember Obama promising to rescue a dog when he was interviewed by Jana Kohl from "A rare breed of love." What a great message he would be sending the American if he were to rescue a dog instead of going to a breeder. Dogs do end up in our shelter system for all kinds of reasons and there are alot of purebreds that end of getting killed because not enough homes. Let's stop the killing 5million a year to be exact and send a message of compassion to this country, not the message that those bimbos who buy dogs send.
Oprah finally got it so please Obama rescue/adopt.

If Senator Obama is anything like Bill Clinton and his fellow liberals/democrats, he'll buy some overpriced dog from a breeder and then have some aide take care of it. Funny how all the liberals attack conservatives/republicans for hating the environment, etc when it is President Bush who has actually rescued and taken into his home, strays such as his cat India.

A Goldendoodle??!

These expensive designer cross breeds may be trendy and make a fashion statement, but since they're an F1 hybrid their behavior can be wildly unpredictable. There are reports of problems if you look past the almost cultish devotees.

I know from first hand experience - an out of control, hyper Goldendoodle with an 'it's all about me and my designer dog' owner caused severe multiple injuries - an ambulance ride to the hospital, multiple fractures, lacerations, 5 years of physical therapy, permanent disability.

A Goldendoodle? Not a good choice because of their size, need for hours of running a day and potential to be crazed. Responsible dog ownership starts with careful breed selection and goes from there.

The Obamas have been talking publicly about getting a "hypoallergenic" dog for their daughter who has asthma. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly non-allergenic or hypoallergenic dog. Dogs (and cats for that matter) produce allergenic proteins that can be found in their dander and saliva, regardless of their breed or the length and color of their hair, or lack thereof. Some may produce more - or less - allergens than others simply because of their individual nature. Allergen immunotherapy may be an option for those who wish to be desensitized to such allergens.

A labradoodle or golden doodle is a smart choice. I remeber seeing pictures of JFK junior as a child , laying on the carpet in the oval office, as his dad was working. It wouldn't be good if there was dog dander floating around in the oval office making people sneeze, when dignitaries are trying to have their meetings. Also, allergy pills make people jittery or sleepy and that's a little unfair to the white house staff. These kids are bound to have a bit of a rocky life-even w/ great parents. A healthy puppy who lives a long life would offer a great deal of constant comfort since their parents will both be traveling a lot. I belive recue dogas are best. However,since many people have allergies and the Obama's are in contact with so many people, a doodle is the best choice.

i have a goldendoodle too...name Chandler...good pick for a dog! you guys all need to calm down about the adopting stuff...we know that animals need to be adopted but give it a rest on thinking that just because he's president he has to do EVERYTHING to be a "role-model" for Americans...his job isn't to please everyone, its to keep this country safe and to be a great president...

my mom's a breeder and my family adopts pets all the time...so i can make legit comments on those issues.

i can't wait to see the newest member of the Obama family!

We have a goldendoodle and a portuguese water dog. We also have a special needs child and these 2 dogs have been the most loving and amazing breeds one could ever have. To each his own. If the kids want a doodle let them get one. Lighten-up. No offense to the quality of rescue dogs. The well-intentioned comments of those in this group are fine, but I suggest that a choice of goldendoodle for the Obama children is a great one.

my golden doodle the best dog i ever had. smart and no shed no alls good with kids


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