What Breed Should the Next First Dog Be?

We all know (and enjoy) the many benefits of owning a dog or a pet. Pets make us less stressed, more active, and less lonely. Our pets love and appreciate us no matter what. It's no surprise then that every president for the last 150 years has owned a pet.

According to the Washington Post, if horses are included, every president except James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson has owned a pet for at least part of his term in office. It's very unusual, therefore, that President-elect Donald Trump does not have a pet.

Unless things change before Jan. 20, Trump will be the first president in 150 years without a furry companion. His son Eric, however, does have a dog named Charlie.

Even though the Obama's didn't have a dog during the 2008 campaign, it was announced that win or lose, the family would get a dog. Bo and Sunny, the Obama's Portuguese Water Dogs, are now so popular, says the Washington Post, that Michelle Obama has to approve their official White House schedules at the beginning of each month.

So, will our President-elect decide to welcome a dog, or other animal friend into his family? Only time will tell! But if he does, we're sure it will be a good decision. Certainly having a dog brightens up your life, and that can only help our country as well.

Want to learn more about former presidents and their dogs? Check them out here.



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