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  •  They've already chosen their breed of choice (15+ / 0-)

    Michelle and Barack Obama's oldest daughter Malia suffers from asthma, and they do everything they can to keep their house dust-free and dander-free. When the Obama family decided to enter the Presidential race, they made a deal that their daughters could get a dog. After some research, the parents opted for a hypoallergenic dog - a soft-coated, Wheaten terrier - that does not trigger Malia's asthma.

    Barack Obama's smile can regrow hair - even for Karl Rove.

    by LoLoLaLa on Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 03:26:34 PM PDT

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    •  How sweet! (4+ / 0-)

      The Wheaton was my second choice after the Bichon Frise. I wonder what they'll decide to name it?

      AAPI Wellesley grad in Austin for Obama! Travis County delegate, Pct. 277 - 3/29

      by lirtydies on Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 03:37:06 PM PDT

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    •  Temperament of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (11+ / 0-)

      Here's a link to the Wheaton Terrier. Sounds like a good choice. There are a lot of them in my neighborhood in the Upper West Side of New York. I've never seen one that is a problem on leash or at the dog park. And they are quite cute.


      The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an alert and happy animal - graceful, strong and well-coordinated. A playful and friendly terrier. They make great watch dogs and bark at the arrival of guests. They are usually very loving with children and get along reasonably well with other dogs (provided they are socialized when they are young). They do not get along well with cats. All it takes is some fast movement on the part of the cat, and the dog's instincts will take over and he will attack. They have a puppy attitude that remains with it throughout its life. Sweet-tempered, easy-going and self-confident. This breed needs to be taught when it's young what is  and is not acceptable behavior. It is very intelligent, so it will generally grasp quickly what is required of them. They have a straightforward nature and need to be handled in a straightforward manner. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers bond extremely closely with their family. They seldom bark unnecessarily. Though not as aggressive as many other terriers, males may be combative with other male dogs if challenged. The Soft Coated Wheaten should be well socialized with other dogs while they are young puppies. This breed is increasing in popularity and is known in most areas of the United States, but it may still require some calling around to find a breeder.

    •  Get Onboard: Send a Wheaten to the WH n/t (5+ / 0-)
    •  Well the Wheaten Terrier was the one I chose on (5+ / 0-)

      the AKC site.

      The other dogs, would of just brought up the Pseudo elite carping from the far right and lazy media.

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