The RBC apologizes abjectly for having missed this critical transition issue until now. Of course a first dog is absolutely essential, and a dog is essential for kids. The voters are correct, for a family with allergies, a poodle is the way to go (though I think a labradoodle is also OK; I’ve met a few at our off-leash dog park and they seem like really charming, lively, smart, dogs). Having had three, I would further specify a standard poodle (better to roughhouse with lively kids, I would not get a little dog) bitch (personality), and I hope they keep her in a sensible puppy cut, or all-over even mowing at about an inch. A poodle is a dog with dignity and a working history (water retrievers), as well as a sense of humor and lots of affection, and despite the alleged history of the ridiculous show cuts, deserves to look like a dog and not a stylist’s lunatic experiment with the potential of dogfro fur and a clipper.
I don’t know if either parent has any experience with dogs. They need to realize that a dog is not a cat and not a fashion accessory for photo shoots, and the pooch will need real attention especially as a pup, from a family with a lot on their plate. I guess it’s inevitable that there will be a dog nanny, but I hope she(the dog!) gets real family affection and bonding; it will do the kids (and the parents) a world of good.
When I was out of town several years ago, the girls got what we guess is a German shepherd/golden retriever cross from the shelter, and we have since adopted a truly splendid mostly lab/slightly pitbull cross (my first dog) with excellent results (Felix has definitely shaken my judgment that bitches are better pets), and I like the idea of mixed-breeds from the pound instead of purebreds, for reasons of hybrid vigor, health, and sparing abandoned dogs from an early death. But the Obamas can’t go wrong with that poodle