Lets’ start the betting on the new first dog

Gang of 4 minus 2, originally uploaded by joshcalebwray.

OK, enough with the wishful thinking and the polls. The Obama family needs a hypoallergenic dog so it’s highly unlikely they’re going to get a Dachshund puppy (even if they should.)

Also, at this point, everyone’s pretty much had their say and a chance to boost their favourite dog breed. Now is the time to forget all those cheerleaderish polls and put your money where your mouth is. Let’s raise the stakes.

The Daily Dachshund and Dog News is betting that Malia and Sascha are going to end up with a Bichon Frise like the cutie on the left above. Renowned psychologist and dog writer Stanley Coren says that a Bichon is one of three hypoallergenic and good-tempered breeds he would recommend for first dog. He writes at Psychology Today:

The Bichon Frise is a small white dog that looks like a miniature poodle with a round face and shorter legs. Its springy undercoat doesn’t hold much hair or dander and is recommended by the American Kennel Club for allergy sufferers. More importantly it is a playful and gentle dog that is robust enough to survive rough play.

The Bichon is also a girl dog, adorable and fluffy, unlike that Peruvian Hairless Dog that was offered up like a bad Christmas gift.

Bookmakers, let us know the odds please.

Famous politicians, or ex-politicians, with Bichon Frises include Eliot Spitzer.