Portuguese water dog
It's official. The Obama family will be getting a dog in April. The much-anticipated announcement came from Michelle Obama during an interview with People magazine.
The first lady told the magazine the family will be getting a rescue Portuguese water dog who is "old enough and a match for the family dynamic".
Obama said the presidential pooch will arrive at the White House in April after daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, return from spring holiday.
The choice of a rescue dog will bring joy to animal rights groups who have been urging the Obamas to adopt a pet from a shelter.
Senator Ted Kennedy should also be pleased with the selection. He owns two Portuguese water dogs and lobbied hard for the breed.
Mrs Obama said the family is still sorting out what to call the dog. She said the names the girls have chosen, including Moose and Frank, are "really bad".
Obama family picks Portuguese water dog | World news | guardian.co.uk