Saturday, November 8, 2008

Obama's First Major Decision - a Hypoallergenic Dog

The world is dancing in the street at the election of Barack Obama. His every word is news and everyone wants to know what he will do next. During his victory speech he announced he will be getting a new family dog for the white house and animal lovers everywhere are weighing in on the best pet for the first family. The blogosphere is buzzing with names, breeds and advice for this major decision.

President Obama (I love those two words stung together) has now related that their new pet needs to be hypoallergenic and they would love to get a dog from a shelter. First of all, the fact that we have a leader that can say "hypoallergenic" is so amazing, I am just giddy.

And the fact that he understands the best dogs are rescue dogs is also to my liking. My pets have always come from the humane society or a rescue society and, I swear, these animals have a special sense about their place in the world.

Nothing is worse than being allergic to the family pet. I have had many sad family counseling sessions with patients to deal with this subject.

So, President Obama, may I present a few breeds for your consideration? This choice will outlast your presidency, and your ability to take your time and not rush into decisions will serve you well in this decision as well.

Best breeds for allergy sufferers:
  • Basenji (Came from Africa. Would make a nice statement)
  • Bedlington Terrier (I had one as a child. Fabulous dog and fur like a lamb)
  • Bichon Frise (Cute but I bet not found at a shelter. Too pricey)
  • Cairn Terrier (Good with children and small enough to take on world tours)
  • Chinese Crested (A status symbol..probably not right for the Obamas)
  • Coton de Tulear (Improve relations with France)
  • Fox Terrier (Improve relations with Fox News)
  • Havanese (Improve relations with Cuba. They have genetic health issues and you have enough problems with Health Care in the U.S.)
  • Irish Water Spaniel (Improve relations with Ireland)
  • Kerry blue Terrier (Impressive head, just like Obama)
  • Maltese (Improve relations with Malta)
  • Poodle (Tried and true success and very smart)
  • Portuguese Water Dog (Is there a pond at the white house?)
  • Schnauzer (Improve relations with Germany. My mom has this type. Very smart)
  • Shih Tzu (Improve relations with China. Doubt available in a shelter)
  • Soft coated Wheaten Terrier (They are so cute)
  • Yorkshire Terrier (Improve relations with the UK)
Good luck, Mr. President. If you need any advice on Health Care reform, you know where to find me.


ERP said...

My Tibetian Terrier is also very hypoallergenic. She simply does not shed!

ERP said...

I meant "Tibetan"

CountryMidwife said...

I vote for a schnoodle - part schnauzer and part poodle. But doesn't look like a fancy designer dog, more like a fluffy mutt. I got mine through a rescue and he is the BEST dog!

A president that can actually say 'hypoallergenic' -- LOLOL!

tracy said...

i love saying "President Obama" too! Did you hear when he was talking to the press about the Obama Family Agenda of getting a puppy and needing to get a hypoallergenic one....thay wanted to be able to get a shelter rescue , but decided that they "...were probably mostly me." Heh, heh, i heart him! Aren't we all mutts!
Thank you for a great list of pups!

K said...

Oh man, schnauzers. Yipyipyip all the time.

It is possible to get shelter-type dogs that are also purebred-type fancy-pancy dogs, too. Shelters sometimes will contact known breeder/fancier groups and send the dogs to them. That's how our family got one of our Manchesters.

But yeah. Anything that's been crossed with a Maltese, they're all pretty benign in terms of allergies, I think.

Anonymous said...

I love it, Fox terrier (improve relations with Fox news) ha ha ha.

AAAAIdoc said...

The president-elect may be able to say "hypoallergenic," but he hasn't checked with his daughters' allergist. If he had, he would know that there is no such thing as a "hypoallergenic dog." All dogs come from the same genus and species, and they have the same type of dander. If a person is allergic to one dog, he/she is allergic to all of them. Sorry to rain on the myth parade. If you don't wish to believe me, you can look for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's statement on it. They/we didn't want any allergy sufferers to be confused by the president-elect's comments.

Anonymous said...

i love the new obama dog for the family. im positive they will all love it.i only have a chiywawa myself but it is not a hypoallergic one.

Anonymous said...

i love the dog its much too adorable.good choice and its also hypoallergic. myne is only a chiwawa but not hypoallergic

Anonymous said...



But hypo means less, not complete.

And since dander sticks to fur, and a carpet of fur all over the couches, bed, pillows, and that sticks to your clothes is very hard to clean and vacuum, this makes the situation worse. So a non-shedding dog is hypo or less allergy causing.

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