Barack Obama: We Want a Shelter Dog…a Mutt Like Me!

Barack Obama let the dogs out Friday on his family’s future presidential pooch.

At his first press conference since the election, he announced the family would prefer to adopt because, “a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.

“With respect to the dog, this is a major issue,” he joked. “I think it’s generated more interest on our Web site than just about anything.”

Before picking out the dog that Obama promised to his daughters during his Tuesday night speech, he says they’re still sorting out a few issues.

“We have two criteria that have to be reconciled,” he said. “One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic.

“On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household,” he said.

Obama also said his wife, Michelle, is working on finding a Washington D.C. school for their daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

See adorable photos of kids in the White House.

“And with respect to schools, Michelle will be scouting out some schools,” he said. “We’ll be making a decision about that in the future.”

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