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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


  1. Rob
    March 12, 2010, 11:54 pm

    Glad to see that dogs have been apart of the white house for so many years.
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  2. Michael Comte
    December 18, 2009, 10:42 am

    “Bo Obama” is probably not its real name. A dog doesn’t carry a human family name, but the kennel name of the breeder! Read this for more information:

  3. dogs
    September 7, 2009, 10:58 pm

    I was so hoping for a Labrador Retriever. Thanks http://www.upstatelabradors.com