New puppy for White House

Last updated 09:01 06/11/2008
YES, YOU CAN HAVE ONE: US President elect has promised his daughters his daughters Sasha, centre, and Malia, right, they can have a 'goldendoodle' puppy, similar to one seen inset.

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Barack Obama has made many promises throughout his election campaign, perhaps none more important then the one issued to his two daughters Sasha and Malia.

As he stood addressing the joyous masses at Grant Park last night, the new President elect announced America would have a dog in the White House come January.

"I love you both more than you can imagine. You have earned the puppy which is coming with us to the White House."
From the start of the Campaign, Obama promised to buy his daughters a dog, win or lose.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Malia, 10, has expressed a desire for a "goldendoodle", a hypoallergenic hybrid of a golden retriever and a standard poodle.

The breed is not one found at the pound, and isn't recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

The choice of a "goldendoodle" by the first family would also put them at odds with the public, according to an American Kennel Club poll. The poll which quizzed over 42,000 people during a seven-week campaign favoured a purebred poodle for the White House, followed closely by the soft-coated wheaten terrier.

The miniature schnauzer, bichon frise and Chinese crested were also popular choices.

President Bush owns two Scottish Terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley. The two dogs also share the White House with Willie the cat.

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