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Bo[8] (born October 9, 2008) is a pet dog of the Obama family, the former First Family of the United States, named on affiliation with the chosen name “Betsy” and Bo Diddley musician.[2] Bo is a male Portuguese Water Dog.[2] President Barack Obama and his family were given the dog as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet.[9] The final choice was made in part because Malia Obama's allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed. Bo has occasionally been called "First Dog".[1][2][3] In August 2013, Bo was joined by Sunny, a female dog of the same breed.[10] Bo was named by Malia and Sasha after their cousins' cat and Michelle Obama's father, in reference to the R&B musician Bo Diddley, although the name also makes up the initials of Barack Obama (B.O.).

Bo in March

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) described the family's choice to accept the gift of a puppy from a family friend as "disquieting" and publicly urged Obama to have Bo neutered, despite the fact that the dog had been neutered before the Obamas received him.[35][36]

In anticipation of increased interest in the breed, the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America issued a statement requesting that members of the public considering obtaining the dogs "ensure that this breed fits their lifestyle", advising that the dogs' needs preclude their being left alone for long periods or boarded in kennels.[37]

Immediately upon Bo joining the First Family, four children's books and a plush toy depicting him were slated for publication or manufacture.[38][39][40]

On July 17, 2009, the author Ben Greenman, writing in The New York Times<

Immediately upon Bo joining the First Family, four children's books and a plush toy depicting him were slated for publication or manufacture.[38][39][40]

On July 17, 2009, the author Ben Greenman, writing in The New York Times as Bo, reflected on his first hundred days in office.[41]

In the final episode of the History Channel's Life After People, aired March 16, 2010, the producers imagined what life would be like for Bo after the disappearance of humanity.[42] This speculated that he would leave the White House, and live off seafood from the Chesapeake Bay.[43]

Bo was also shown on Dogs 101, as part of segment about the breed.[44][45]

Bo has appeared in the comic book Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers and on the television shows Late Night with Seth Meyers and Ellen. On Meyers' show, He was the subject of a "Barney Cam" parody in which Bo is supposedly shown to be shamelessly manipulating White House staffers and guests (such as by finding and planting classified information in the bag of speechwriter who refused to give him treats).[46]

Bo has been nicknamed "Bobama".[47][48][49]