The Obamas are getting their new dog in a matter of weeks. And they have come to some important decisions.
First off, the breed.
First Lady Michelle Obama told People Magazine that the the family wants to find a rescue Portuguese Water dog.
"Temperamentally they're supposed to be pretty good," she said. "From the size perspective, they're sort of middle of the road – it's not small, but it's not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that's where we're leaning."
Portuguese Water Dogs are a fairly rare breed similar to poodles that have become popular in recent years because they don't shed. They are native to Portugal's coast, where they have been used by fishers to herd their catch into nets.
The First Lady said they are looking to get the dog in April, "after Spring Break."
But the name is still a source of familial tension in the White House.
"Oh, the names are really bad. I don't even want to mention it, because there are names floating around and they're bad," Mrs. Obama said. "I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn't a moose?"
President Obama said in January the family had narrowed their search down to a Portuguese Water Dog and a Labradoodle.