Introducing First Dog Maddie And Other Presidential Puppy Hopefuls

After looking through many seriously cute pictures, we at The Frisky were convinced by a campaign video (not unlike Barack Obama’s 30-minute TV spot) and have decided to award Maddie the Mastiff the title of First Dog. After the jump, the contenders. Believe me, the race was a tough one.

THE WINNER: Maddie is a 15-month old female Mastiff who is noble, kind, and a “real looker.” Watch her campaign video HERE.

Marco Polo is a snoodle (a snauzer-poodle mix) who is nearly seven years old. He’s a smart one, because whenever you’re sad or not feeling well, he senses it and cuddles up next to you. He also knows how to close the refrigerator door, and does so when asked. And he’s hypoallergenic!

Sebastian (full name: Johann Sebastian Bark), a Shih-Tzu, is smart, adorable, and hypoallergenic. Also, he doesn’t shed, so the White House will be super-clean.

Ramona, a 9-month-old Wheaten Terrier would greet everyone with her “Wheaten greetin’.” She jumps in the air and then sits on the person’s feet until they pet her. She’s extremely quiet. I’ve heard her bark three times since I’ve had her, and that was only when we were playing. She’s extremely intelligent, learning tricks as fast as I can teach them. I was also able to potty train her in two weeks. Ramona loves to swim, and her favorite thing to do is sit in the passenger seat of a car and watch the road. Best of all….she’s totally hypoallergnic!

Heidi is a wire-haired dachshund who is completely hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed.

Rockie is a Portuguese Water Dog. PWDs, or Porties, are non-shedding and hypoallergenic. Unlike many of the newer hybrid or designer dogs such as cockapoo or labradoodle which haven’t been around for more than a generation or two, the health issues of this established breed are well-known. PWDs are medium sized, ranging from 40 to 55 lbs., which means they’re not so big that a child can’t handle them, but they’re not a little frou-frou dog either. They make excellent watch dogs (good for presidential security) and are extremely smart and easy to train as a result.