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Q: Barbra Streisand's Dog ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: Barbra Streisand's Dog
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: megstrange-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 03 Oct 2005 12:19 PDT
Expires: 02 Nov 2005 11:19 PST
Question ID: 575861
What breed of dog does Barbra Streisand have? She had the dog on a
Primetime Live interview with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America
recently. My mother's dog just passed away, she is devastated but saw
the Primetime interview and fell in love with Streisand's dog and is
desperately trying to find out what kind of dog Streisand has. Thank
Meghan Strange
Subject: Re: Barbra Streisand's Dog
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 03 Oct 2005 13:16 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
For many years, Barbra Streisand had a beloved male dog named Sammy.
After Sammy's death, Barbra got a female white poodle and named her

From a recent interview with Barbra:

"In reality too, I'm in love with my dog Samantha because there is a
way I speak to her (uses Ben Stiller as a prop): 'You the poodle, good
morning (with baby talk voice while scratching and petting Stiller)',
so I thought that's the way I would love my son. And my dog is right
outside (they bring her in and show to everybody. It's a white, middle
sized poodle)."

FemaleFirst: Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman & Ben Stiller Interview

There is a photo here of Barbra with Oprah Winfrey and the dog Samantha:

Barbra Streisand Archives

And here you'll find a photo of Barbra, Samantha, and Diane Sawyer:

WireImage: Barbra Streisand "Primetime"

And yet another photo of Barbra with Samantha:

New York Daily News: How Babs hung on by her fingernails

Although Barbra describes Samantha as being a poodle, the dog looks to
me as if she may be a mix between a poodle and a bichon frisť or
maltese. If your mom wants a dog that resembles Barbra's dog, I
suggest looking for a poodle/bichon mix or a poodle/maltese mix. These
are sometimes called "poochons" and "maltipoos."

You can learn more about poochons and maltipoos here:

Rolling Meadows Puppies: Poochon Page

Rolling Meadows Puppies: Maltipoo Page

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "barbra streisand" poodle

I hope this helps! If anything is unclear or incomplete, or if a link
doesn't work for you, please request clarification; I'll be glad to
offer further assistance before you rate my answer.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by megstrange-ga on 03 Oct 2005 14:47 PDT
your answer is AWESOME! thank you so much, i'm going to give you the
highest possible rating - so thorough, and prompt! and you went way
beyond just answering the question. i clicked "answer clarification" 
b/c I wanted to mention that it's interesting that you suggested
bichons because those are the kind of dogs we've always had - my mom
still thinks barbra's dog must be a mixed-breed b/c poodles usually
have a longer snoot - is it possible barbra has a maltipoo or poochon
and doesn't realize it? either way, this is plenty of information for
us to go off of - i never realized this service was available on
google, is it new? what will you people think of next? i'm going to
spread the word,
thank you again, this is so valuable to my mom and i'm grateful i was
able to help her,

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 03 Oct 2005 15:08 PDT

Thank you very much for the kind words, the five stars, and the nice
tip! This was an enjoyable research project for me, since I am a
bigtime dog-lover. Although Barbra thinks she has a poodle, I would be
willing to bet that Samantha is a mix. My #1 guess is that she's a
maltipoo. The shape of the head looks distinctly unpoodlish to me!

I hope your mom finds just the right dog. You can never really replace
a beloved pet who has died, but the human heart is vast, and there is
always room for a new pup.


Request for Answer Clarification by megstrange-ga on 03 Oct 2005 15:36 PDT
thank you, pinkfreud - your last message was beautiful. i love "the
human heart is vast" and plan to A) remember that alway and 2) quote
you on that probably for the rest of my life. my mom is so pleased
with and grateful for your help, suggestions and encouragement and
very satisfied to have another dog-lover agreeing with her on the
i apologize for assuming you were a he. have a great day and thank you again,
p.s. i happen to work at a residence in malibu for a woman who is
neighbors with babs and is attending a dinner at her home next week,
somehow, i have a feeling your information is more thorough than
anything she could obtain for me.....

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 03 Oct 2005 15:50 PDT
I never take offense when people assume I am a "he" on the Internet.
Unless I'm talking about girly subject matters, I'd like to think that
my research is gender-neutral. Thanks so much for saying that I
seriously rock. I needed that! :-)

Best regards,
megstrange-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Pinkfreud went way beyond the call of duty. My question was answered
very promptly and backed up with numerous relevant links, and he took
it all several steps further in that his response was specific,
personal and he included other relevant information and links which
were extremely helpful.

Subject: Re: Barbra Streisand's Dog
From: steph53-ga on 03 Oct 2005 15:01 PDT
Ummmm  megstrange....

Pinkfreud is a lady....
She is also one of the best and most consistant researcher here.

Subject: Re: Barbra Streisand's Dog
From: megstrange-ga on 03 Oct 2005 15:38 PDT
thank you for clarifying, i don't know why i assumed she was a he.
either way - she seriously ROCKS - as do all things Google.....
Subject: Re: Barbra Streisand's Dog
From: marp109-ga on 14 Oct 2005 12:09 PDT
Barbra's dog is a coton du tulear.  I saw her on Oprah and went
immediately to my computer to research the breed.  Coincidentally saw
someone visiting a nearby town who had one of the puppies from one of
the breeders (Binghamton, NY) who I had spoken with about puppies. 
They do look a lot like bichon frise's but are a separate breed
Subject: Re: Barbra Streisand's Dog
From: pinkfreud-ga on 14 Oct 2005 12:25 PDT
Good suggestion, marp109. I hope Meghan sees your comment.

Here are some good photos of coton du tulear dogs:
Subject: Re: Barbra Streisand's Dog
From: megstrange-ga on 14 Oct 2005 22:23 PDT
seriously, you people never quit! coton du tulear!! never heard of
such a thing. i can't wait to tell my mom. she is still trying to get
over her loss and she will feel so cared about when i tell her that
you people are so thorough that you are still looking out for her!
thank you so much! if everyone cared as much as google answers does,
the world would be a far greater place. this is the best $20 i ever
spent! google for president!!!

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