Official White House portrait of the First Dog
(May 2009) Other name(s) First Dog of the United States    Charlie (by previous owner) Species Canis lupus familiaris Breed Portuguese Water Dog Sex Male Born Amigo's New Hope  October 9, 2008 Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Died May 8, 2021 (aged 12) Known for Pet of the Obama family Training Dawn Sylvia ( Hume, Virginia) Can sit, present paw/shake, lie down, roll over, get off, wait  Term April 14, 2009 – January 20, 2017 Predecessor Barney Successor Champ and Major Owner Obama family Parent(s) Dam: Penny (Amigo's Phor What Its Worth) ( Boyd, Texas) Sire: Watson (Valkyrie's Dr. Watson Is Here) ( Ambridge, Pennsylvania)  Breeder: Julie Parker  Appearance Tuxedo/black and white Named after Obama girls' cousins' pet cat and Bo Diddley Bo (October 9, 2008 – May 8, 2021) was a pet dog of the Obama family, the first family of the United States from 2009 until 2017. President  Barack Obama and his family were given the male Portuguese Water Dog as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet.  The final choice was made in part because elder daughter  Malia's allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed. Bo was occasionally called " First Dog".   In August 2013, Bo was joined by  Sunny, a female dog of the same breed.
Bo was named by sisters Malia and Sasha after their cousins' cat, First Lady
Michelle Obama's father, and as a reference to the R&B musician Bo Diddley. Bo's name was also Barack Obama's initials.
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