First Dog on the Way, Arrives Tuesday: Report

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As previously "nominated," the Obamas' new dog will be a Portuguese Water Dog.

President Barack Obama promised a dog to his daughters while on the campaign trail. The dog, a six-month-old male named Charlie, will be renamed once he reaches his permanent family.

The dog comes from a prominent Texas kennel, with the same lineage as Senator Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) own Portuguese water dogs. The Kennedy family is "presenting the new dog to the Obamas," according to the site. The dog is apparently from Amigo Portuguese Water Dogs.

It's unfortunate the Obamas couldn't get the dog from rescue, as they wanted. Because of gifting rules required in terms of the President, the dog will be "re-homed" to the Obama family by the Kennedys, but it's actually a gift from the kennel.

While it's true there are many other things more important than the "first pup," at town halls, including ones in Europe during Obama's recent trip, the dog question always comes up. The dog pictured above is the actual "first pup," courtesy of FirstDogCharlie.com.

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