How to Get a Deal on the Obamas' Dog Choice

Portuguese water dogs don't come cheap, but there are ways to save.

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According to People magazine, the Obamas have made their choice: They will soon adopt a rescue Portuguese water dog, which typically go for upwards of $1,400. That a pretty pricey puppy.

But if the Obamas' decision has you yearning for your own Portuguese pet, there are ways to save. First, consider following the Obamas' example and adopting a rescue dog. Rescue dogs, which are typically older, adult animals living in shelters, are usually placed in homes at no charge other than the cost of keeping them healthy and safe for the rest of their lives. (Note: There is sometimes a fee involved, but this cost is much less than the price of purchasing a newborn puppy.)

If you can't find what you're looking for at the local shelter, websites such as often list pets that are up for adoption at lower than normal prices or no cost at all. That way, you know you're giving a home to an animal that needs one. For more information on pet adoption or to find the shelter closest to you, check out the Humane Society's web page.