Bo (dog)

Bo official portrait (cropped 2).jpg
Official White House portrait of the First Dog
(May 2009)
Other name(s)First Dog of the United States[1][2][3]
Charlie (by previous owner)
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
BreedPortuguese Water Dog
BornAmigo's New Hope[4]
(2008-10-09)October 9, 2008
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 8, 2021(2021-05-08) (aged 12)
Known forPet of the Obama family
TrainingDawn Sylvia (Hume, Virginia)
Can sit, present paw/shake, lie down, roll over, get off, wait[5]
TermApril 14, 2009 – January 20, 2017
SuccessorChamp and Major
OwnerObama family
Parent(s)Dam: Penny
(Amigo's Phor What Its Worth)
(Boyd, Texas)
Sire: Watson
(Valkyrie's Dr. Watson Is Here)
(Ambridge, Pennsylvania)[6]
Breeder: Julie Parker[7]
AppearanceTuxedo/black and white
Named afterObama 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.[2] 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.[2][8] 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".[1][2][3] In August 2013, Bo was joined by Sunny, a female dog of the same breed.[9]

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.

  1. ^ a b Dave, By (April 20, 2009). "Vigilant press spots Bo, the first dog, out for a walk". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "The White House—Blog Post—Meet Bo, the First Dog". White House. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Cooper, Helen (April 12, 2009). "One Obama Search Ends With a Puppy Named Bo". The New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2009. Other Web sites, which have been tracking the saga of the selection of the first dog, were in a frenzy over the weekend.
  4. ^ Silva, Mark (April 12, 2009). "Obamas' dog Bo: 'Amigo's New Hope'". Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "Obama Dog Trainer: Bo Already 'Sits, Shakes, Rolls Over'". Us Weekly. April 15, 2009. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Obama Dog Blog: Cappy's Breeder Rejects Obama Dog Connection". April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  7. ^ Sostek, Anya (April 14, 2009). "First dog's father from Ambridge". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  8. ^ "World | Obama family 'picks first puppy'". BBC News. April 12, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  9. ^ Feldmann, Lindie. "New little girl arrives at White House. Meet Sunny Obama. (+video)". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved August 20, 2013.