The New York Daily News reports:
A White House official on Monday said that Conan, the military working dog that helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria in October, was a female. However, a few hours later, a White House official said the dog was in fact a male, adding to a debate that developed after President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of the dog after the raid.
Trump, who referred to the dog with male pronouns several times, said he thought it was a good idea to “put a muzzle on the dog” because of its “violent” tendencies, though it was unmuzzled throughout the ceremony. The president’s remarks did not deter Pence, who petted Conan several times on her head. But former military dog handlers and canine experts were still at an impasse, with some intensely examining the photo.
A White House official now tells me that Conan is actually a male dog, after we were told earlier today that Conan is a female dog.
Working for more clarity on the matter.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) November 25, 2019
White House clarifies military dog Conan is a female, then clarifies again he’s a male.https://t.co/y3dAu5GuIh
— The Week (@TheWeek) November 25, 2019
Update from pooler @hunterw who says @WhiteHouse confirms #Conan is female. @POTUS used male pronouns to identify the dog during today’s event.
“Your pooler retracts the earlier comment that Conan was a very good boy. Conan is apparently a very good girl. Good girl Conan. “
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) November 25, 2019
So Apparently There’s Some Confusion About Conan the Hero Dog’s Gender https://t.co/wQbqnhR3KK
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 25, 2019
Update: Conan is back to being a male, per White House aides via @hunterw. Apparently there was confusion.
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 25, 2019
Watch how Trump continually keeps his distance from Conan the dog while Pence is perfectly comfortable next to him. pic.twitter.com/N8IJNGLj6r
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 25, 2019