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First US family gets puppy

The first US family has reportedly gotten a new addition -- a dog promised by President Barack Obama to his daughters months ago.

The identity of the first puppy has not been officially disclosed. But The Washington Post reported Sunday that it is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that has black fur over most of his body, a white chest, white paws and a white goatee.

It has been given to the Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, by a close family friend, Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

According to The Post, the girls named their pet Bo in part because their cousins have a cat named Bo.

Bo charmed the first family, the paper said, citing an unnamed source. He made no toileting errors and did not gnaw on the furniture because he has been receiving lessons in good behavior from the Kennedys' dog trainers.

Obama disclosed his plan to give his daughters a puppy after winning the November 2008 presidential election. But there was no word as to when the promise would be kept.

The official White House unveiling of the first dog is being planned for Tuesday afternoon, The Post said.

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