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Sunny (dog)

Bo (left) and Sunny (right) in 2013
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Portuguese Water Dog
Sex Female
Born (2012-06-11) June 11, 2012
Lansing, Michigan, United States
Nation from United States
Known for Pet of the First Family of the United States (first dog)
Owner Obama family
Appearance Black
Named after Personality

Sunny (born June 11, 2012) is a pet dog of the Obama family, the First Family of the United States. Sunny is a female Portuguese Water Dog, who has been called the younger sister of Bo, who holds the title of First Dog of the United States.[1][2] Sunny was introduced via First Lady Michelle Obama's Twitter account on August 19, 2013.[3]


  • Breed background 1
  • Breeding and original owners 2
  • Media response 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Breed background

The Portuguese Water Dog is originally from the Algarve region of Portugal. Only 48 Portuguese Water Dogs were entered for Britain's Crufts competition in 2009[4] and the author of The New Complete Portuguese Water Dog, Kitty Braund, believes there are about 50,000 in North America.[5] Due to its fleecy coat of non-shedding hair (instead of fur), the Portuguese Water Dog is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed.

Breeding and original owners

Sunny is a purebred Portuguese Water Dog, and was selected from a breeder in the Great Lakes area.[6]

Media response

Although Sunny was purchased from a breeder, president of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, wrote on a recent blog post, "As we always say in such circumstances, we hope the Obamas considered adoption or rescue as the first choice in obtaining a pet." He further went on to thank the Obama family for making a contribution to the Humane Society in Sunny's name, and helping reduce the suffering of dogs, although he would like the policies to finally become law.[6]

See also


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External links

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Scottish Terrier
White House pet dog
Served alongside: Bo
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