December 15, 2008

Shelter Dog Tops Newseum’s Presidential Pooch Poll

WASHINGTON — Nearly 7,000 Newseum visitors picked a shelter dog as their favorite canine for President-elect Barack Obama and his family.

During the month-old poll, part of the Newseum’s popular exhibit "," visitors cast their votes among five hypoallergenic breeds, recommended by the American Kennel Club, and a shelter dog. The shelter dog received 3,276 votes, or 49 percent. The Bichon Frisé was a distant second with 21 percent. Runner-ups included:

  • Wheaten Terrier, 13 percent
  • Poodle, 7 percent
  • Miniature Schnauzer, 6 percent
  • Chinese Crested, 4 percent

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"First Dogs" is scheduled to remain on display at the Newseum through May 15, 2009.

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