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The role of dogs in the White House has been extremely positive. The tradition of first dogs was begun the way so many presidential traditions began – with our first president, George Washington. During his tenure however, the title of first dog was under serious dispute since Washington had over 30 dogs.

The Obamas debated for quite a while before deciding on a pet to occupy the white house. They knew they wanted a dog, but hadn’t yet decided on a breed. Finally, they chose Bo, a large black Portuguese water dog that can often be seen spending time with Barack Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia.

Make sure to read: 8 Guidelines For Teaching Children How To Care For Pets

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