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The first family picks Portuguese water dog as first dog. Love it or Hate it? Leave your comments.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama's have spoken. The new friendly "first canine" will be...drum roll, please....a Portuguese water dog!

The White House pup has a Texas past.

The 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that the Obama girls are naming Bo was bred in Texas.

A statement Monday from the American Kennel Club says the group congratulates the Obama family on the anticipated arrival of Bo, whose registered name is Amigo's New Hope.

AKC says Bo was bred by Art and Martha Stern, who run Amigo Portuguese Water Dogs in Boyd, about 35 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

President Barack Obama's two daughters have waited months for a dog promised to them by their parents.

Bo is a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who has several Portuguese water dogs. AKC says Bo is a littermate of Kennedy's puppy, Cappy.

But, trend-seekers beware: If you think it would be great to pick up a puppy like the Obama family's new Portuguese water dog, think again.

The dog's breeder, Martha Stern of Boyd, Texas, says they aren't for everyone. Stern says they tend to be high-energy "in-your-face" dogs. And, she says their curly coats require a lot of maintenance.

Stern worries that puppy mills will try to capitalize on the first family's dog choice and start churning out PWDs for an eager public. She told the AP in an interview Monday that it's the responsibility of good Portuguese water dog breeders to try to prevent that.

So, do you like the Obama's choice for the next "first dog"? Should they have chosen a different breed, or did they make the perfect choice? Let us know what you think.

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