Barack Obama

Obamas welcome new dog Sunny to the White House

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 11:08am

US President Barack Obama and his family welcomed a playful new addition to the White House - a dog called Sunny.

The black Portuguese water dog joins the first family's other four-legged friend of the same breed, Bo.

"Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo - full of energy and very affectionate - and the first family picked her name because it fits her cheerful personality," said a post on the White House blog.

Bo joined the Obamas shortly after they moved into the White House in 2009, in keeping with a promise the president had made to his daughters the night he was elected in November 2008.

But Bo, a male, was a tad lonely, according to the post penned by Michelle Obama's spokeswoman Hannah August.

"So now, in addition to helping with official duties, Bo takes on the important role of big brother," said the blog.

When Bo joined the first family, the Obamas explained that they picked a Portuguese water dog because their younger daughter, 12-year-old Sasha, suffers from allergies and the curly wool-like fur from this breed rarely causes reactions.