Here’s everything you wanted to know about Obamas’ pooch!

April 13th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New York, April 13 (ANI): A 6-month-old Portuguese water dog is set to become the envy of his fellow pooches when he paws into the house and lives of the US First Family, the Obamas.

President Barack Obama had promised his daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a puppy during the campaign.

And now the much-loved leader has kept his word by settling on the black and white pup, whom the little girls have decided to call Bo.

According to the Washington Post, both Malia and Sasha chose their pooch’s name after their cousin’s cat Bo, and also because their grandfather was nicknamed Diddley, after rocker Bo Diddley.

The ‘First Dog’, adorable with black fur, a white chest, white paws and a white goatee, comes from a kennel in Texas and was originally with another family.

But breeder Art Stern said things were “not working out” with the previous owners and “It wasn’t a problem with the puppy.”

“He is a very nice, easygoing puppy … typical Portuguese water dog, very smart,” the New York Daily News quoted him as saying.

“He’s got a very good temperament for a family with a lot of hustle and bustle and activity. He’s easygoing, adaptable, loves everybody,” he added.

Bo is allegedly a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, a proud Portuguese water dogs owner, who said: “We couldn’t be happier to see the joy that Bo is bringing to Malia and Sasha.”

Bo was dubbed as a natural fit for the first-time dog owners Obamas keeping in mind Malia’s allergy.

And the canine was claimed to have already become a family favourite during a secret acquaintance at the White House.

The Post reported: “He sat when the girls sat, stood when the girls stood. He made no toileting errors and did not gnaw on the furniture.

A source at the meeting said: “He’s sooooo cute. It’s very exciting. They had a great meeting.” (ANI)

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