Porties vs Doodles
Anyhow, Obama said that they had narrowed the search down to two types of dogs, a Labradoodle and a Portuguese Water Dog. Now, the Labradoodle is a designer breed and I'm not a big fan of ANY designer breed, although the Labradoodle is certainly one cute dog. If you happen to luck out and get one that looks like a curly coated sheepdog, of course. Not all of the Labradoodles I've come across are all that cute, however.
On the other hand, the Porty is one adorable dog. Equally curly coated, the Porty is a great water dog and I happen to just adore this breed.
Senator Edward Kennedy has always had Portys, and he just got a new puppy fairly recently. Look at that face! I'm sorry, but could you ever in a million years not want to snuggle up to that puppy. His name is Captain Courageous and he joins Sunny and Splash at the Kennedy Compound.
Henry Winkler, aka the Fonz, had to weigh in and as a devoted Labradoodle owner, he begged to differ on the shedding issue. The issue is, Malia is allergic to dogs, and they're looking for a 'hypoallergenic' dog. Which is ridiculous since there is no dog that is hypoallergenic except maybe the bald Chinese Crested Hairless. But the Portie doesn't shed, and although it's said that the Labradoodle doesn't shed either, based on half of the Poodle genetics, but the other half is Labrador and they shed like crazy. There is no guarantee that your mixed breed dog is going to be free of shedding.
Additionally, when you go for a hybred dog instead of a pure breed, you might get a dog that looks nothing like what you had imagined you were getting. Look at the variance between these dogs, all Labradoodles.
You might have surmised that I'm not a huge fan of the hybred dog. I do happen to think that many of the Poodle mixes are adorable, but there isn't any real breed standard yet, and because these designer breeds are so new, there is no guarantee of how that cute little puppy you pick out is going to end up. Plus, need I say anything about my absolute digust over backyard breeders that really don't know what they are doing and bring litter after litter of these hybred pups into the world with no regard for standards as well as decent health screenings.
The Obamas have said that they're going to look at shelters and rescue groups to find their new puppy. I find that delightfully admirable, but again, if you're looking for a hybred dog that is a rescue, lord only knows WHAT you're going to end up with.
For this reason I'm hoping that the family chooses the Portuguese Water Dog, which is wonderful with kids, smart and lively, and really a great family pet.
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