January 20, 2009 08:15 PM

The Labradoodle is ahead in the polls. If Americans got to vote on First Puppy, the Doodle would win in a landslide. But Labradoodle owner Greg Nelson is leaving nothing to chance: he has launched a campaign to bring the Labradoodle to the White House. Nelson, who lives in the closest single family home to the White House with his 18-month-old apricot miniature Labradoodle Arbo, set up Labradoodles for Obama after President-elect Obama said that two breeds were on his short list: the Labradoodle and the Portuguese Water Dog.

In an open letter to the Obamas, Arbo sells his hypoallergenic breed as “SUPER FUN, SUPER CUTE & SUPER SMART.” “I jokingly have aspirations that maybe the South Lawn could be a new dog run,” says Nelson. On its first day Labradoodles for Obama attracted over 3,000 votes (88% pro-Labradoodle) and sold $2,500 in merchandise. (Profits go to the Washington Humane Society.)

The grassroots Labradoodle campaign will have to face off against the more traditional American Kennel Club, which is backing the Water Dog: “We have concerns about the Labradoodle only because it isn’t a purebred dog and … I think it’s important for the family to know what they’re getting,” says Daisy Okas, a spokeswoman for the AKC.

Should the Obamas get a Labradoodle or Portuguese water dog? Cast your vote now!

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