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Obama Family Dog Official Portrait Released by White House

The official portrait of the Obama family dog, “Bo,” a Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House:


Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Bo Obama

Bo is the Obama family’s dog.

Breed: Portuguese water dog

Family: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha Obama

Unofficial title: First Dog of the United States

Birth: Bo was born in the fall of 2008 in Texas.

First Day at the White House: April 14, 2009

Hobbies: Playing on the White House lawn and going on walks with the Obama family

Goal as First Dog: Make friends with foreign dognitaries

Favorite exercise: Running (and then napping near the Obama girls)

Favorite food: Tomatoes – or toys

Did you know?

  • Bo’s name came from two different places: Mrs. Obama’s father’s nickname was “Diddley” and Malia and Sasha’s cousins have a cat named Bo – and another cat named Diddley.
  • Bo was a gift to the Obama family from Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife, Vicki.
  • Even though Bo is a Portuguese water dog, he doesn’t know how to swim.

Baseball card information courtesy of the White House

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