Donald Trump Goldendoodle Patton

December 6, 2016 announcement from

Trump First Dog Goldendoodle

Donald Trump may make the standard Goldendoodle Patton the first Goldendoodle to be a president’s “first dog.” We had thought the Obama’s might adopt a chocolate Labradoodle (see our After narrowing down their options to a Labradoodle or Portuguese Water Dog–ultimately, President Obama opted for Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog (born October 9, 2008). Later the Obama’s adopted the beautiful Sunny (born June 11, 2012). Portuguese water dogs are gorgeous non-shedding dogs, and look like nearly dead ringers for a Labradoodle (or a black Goldendoodle). For the past 150 years, United States presidents have had pets. It is unlikely that Donald Trump will part with that historic tradition.

Patton’s home with Lois Pope

Patton, the red standard Goldendoodle, currently belongs to Lois Pope of Palm Beach, Florida. It’s hard to imagine how Lois Pope could part with the beautiful Patton, but since she is a close friend of the Trump family, she would undoubtedly be willing to give up her beloved Goldendoodle puppy, Patton. As a 10-week-old pup, Patton would be an ideal age for President Donald Trump and his wife Melania and son Barron to adopt and make the nation’s “first dog” a Goldendoodle. Patton is getting close to the three month mark, when a well-trained Goldendoodle is usually house trained and is starting to learn some basic obedience commands. If the Trumps were to adopt a Goldendoodle much older than 3 months they could miss too much of the crucial bonding time when Patton would need to bond with the Trump family.

Goldendoodles not AKC-registerable

Likely, some AKC purists will object if Donald Trump makes a Goldendoodle the first dog, since the AKC still does not officially recognize Doodles (no Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Aussiedoodles, Australian Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, etc. can be registered with the AKC). President-elect Donald Trump does not seem to be one to care too much about public opinion, so if any president would be willing to adopt a non-AKC registerable doodle, it would likely be Donald Trump.

Goldendoodle Patton’s time at the White House

President-elect Trump and his family have not verified whether or not they are planning to adopt Patton, the Goldendoodle. So far, word has come directly from Lois Pope, so it’s hard to know if Patton will be come the first dog. Of course if Patton does become the Trump’s family pet, it remains to be seen how much time Patton, the Goldendoodle (or any first dog) actually would get to spend with their family. Undoubtedly, he would spend much of the day with trainers and White House staff. Reportedly, it was love at first sight for Barron Trump when he saw Patton.

Goldendoodle Patton named after General George Patton

One thing that is certainly in Goldendoodle Patton’s favor is that he is named after General George Smith Patton, Jr (1885-1945). General Patton is one of Donald Trump’s revered war heroes. Patton, nicknamed “Old Blood and Guts” was one to  never back down from a challenge. Perhaps the most famous general of World War II, Patton was Known for his amazing ability with tank warfare. General Patton successfully led the U.S. Third Army on a famed military sweep across France in 1944 that was memorialized in the famous movie bearing his name.

Trump poses with Westminster winners

Apparently, President-elect Donald Trump likes dogs as he has frequently posed with the Best in Show winners of the annual Westminster Kennel Club competition (not that posing with a dog necessarily means that you’re a dog lover). Whether Trump loves animals or was just taking advantage of photo-op leverage, we will let you decide.

Our Family’s Friendship with Mike Pence

Our family was planning to offer President-elect Donald Trump one of our Goldendoodles as we had hoped that the first doodle to be our nation’s first dog would come from our house (whether Goldendoodle or Labradoodle). I grew up in the 2nd congressional district of Indiana, and served with Congressman David McIntosh. McIntosh was later replaced by Mike Pence, who became a friend of my family’s (particularly my father, Leigh Crockett). The Pence family were always gracious friends, particularly as my dad fought cancer. During my father’s fight with cancer. Governor Mike Pence graciously awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash, which is the highest honor the Governor of Indiana can bestow. Although I am personally repulsed by many of Donald Trump’s past statements and actions, I was thrilled when he selected Mike Pence as his running mate, because I know Mike Pence to be a man of utmost character, dignity, and Christian conviction.

The Passing of Mike Pence’s Beagle, Maverick

My family was saddened to hear of the loss of the Pence’s beloved 13-year-old Beagle (Maverick) while Mike and his wife were on the campaign trail on Oct. 26, 2016. We wanted to give the Pence family time to grieve before offering to give them a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle from a future breeding. Of course, they may opt for another Beagle, if they’re fine with all the shedding. We thought our friendship with the Pence’s might be a good connection to offer the Trump’s a doodle as a first dog, but we are pleasantly surprised that they may get one through their connection with Lois Pope. Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, hopefully we can all agree that Patton, the Goldendoodle would make an excellent first dog if the Trump’s choose to adopt him.

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