Bo, the Obama’s family dog, is a Portuguese Water Dog. He was a gift from the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Kennedy had originally purchased one of Bo’s brothers, Cappy. Someone else had purchased Bo, but later returned him to the breeder when the dog did not get along with an existing family dog.
President Obama had promised his daughters, Sasha and Malia, a new dog when they moved in to the White House. They had narrowed it down to a labradoodle or a Portuguese Water Dog, as they needed a hypoallergenic breed due to Malia’s allergies. Bo officially moved in on April 14, 2009.
During the 2012 Presidential campaign, conservatives released excerpts from Barack Obama’s memoir revealing that he had eaten dog as a young boy in Indonesia. This was to combat the story of Mitt Romney putting a family dog in a crate on top of his station wagon for a long family trip back in the 1980s.