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White House-trained; TERRIERS COULD SOLVE OBAMA DAUGHTER'S ALLERGY PROBLEM.

Byline: BY AIDAN McGURRAN

THEY may be small, bald and ugly, but these terriers Jet, Amber and Ruby could solve a problem for Barack Obama that's been sending him barking mad.

The US president-elect promised daughters Malia 10, and seven-year-old Sasha they could have a puppy when they live in the White House.

But Barack, 47, hasn't a clue which dog to get because little Malia suffers from severe allergies and needs a hypoallergenic dog that won't shed fur. Breeder of these hairless American terriers, Michael Daniels, 36, said: "I would love Barack to take on one of my terriers. They are number one breed for any allergic sufferers. The girls would adore them."

Michael from Wickford, Essex, thought he would never be able to have a dog because of his allergies.

He said: "I wanted a pet so much that I had had labradoodles and poodles, but each one was too much for my allergies - until I discovered the hairless terrier."

He imported Neo from Pennsylvania in 2004 followed by Tiffany and she has had three litters. The breed began in Louisiana in 1972 when a normal ratterrier had a freak bald pup.

Barack's search for a puppy has gripped the US, with 42,000 signing an online poll to help him find a dog.

BALD FACT

MAIN BREEDS OF HAIRLESS DOG ARE: AMERICAN HAIRLESS TERRIER. CHINESE CRESTED, KHALA, PERUVIAN INCA ORCHID AND THE XOLOITZCUINTLE

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BARK OBAMA With Malia, 10, at Chicago rally; PUPPY LOVE Hairless American terriers from left, Jet, Amber and Ruby
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2008
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