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Westminster Dog Show favorite Matisse is cousin to Obama dog, Sunny

Michael Scott positions Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, during competition at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The show started Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it's the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park.
Michael Scott positions Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, during competition at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The show started Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it's the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park. Associated Press

A beautiful Portuguese water dog named Matisse is favored to win Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show Tuesday night. And he has family ties to one of the residents of the White House.

The Washington Post and other media outlets report that Matisse is a cousin to Sunny, the youngest of the First Dogs.

Matisse even has a holiday card from the Obamas to prove it. (The two dogs share a grandfather.)

Matisse, who won best in breed on Tuesday morning, is said to be a 4-1 favorite to win Best in Show.

Westminster is the 400th event he's entered, a career in which he’s won best in show 238 times, among the most in canine history, according to the Associated Press.

“He’s a full backer of the President,” co-owner Milan Lint told the New York Daily News, “but he is Canadian, so he can’t vote.

“Also he’s a dog, so he can’t vote.”

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