With all the responsibility that comes with running a country, a president could use someone to help him de-stress every once in a while. We're not talking about their First Ladies, though — we're talking about those all-important and adorable First Dogs. Everybody knows that a slobbery smile and one wag of a tail solves most of the world's problems. Meet some of the famous first pups that ruled the White House with their carefree canine dispositions.
First Dog: Bo Obama
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog
President: Barack Obama
Ruff-sponsibilites around the White House: Accompanying Barack and Michelle to the annual Easter Egg Roll, keeping Malia and Sasha company, creating photo opportunities for journalists in the U.S.
First Dog: Liberty
Breed: Golden Retriever
Ruff-sponsibilites Around the White House: Keeping the commander-in-chief company in the Oval Office, swimming laps in the pool in Camp David, sending fans personalized photographs with an autographed paw
First Dog: Buddy
Breed: Labrador Retriever
President: Bill Clinton
Ruff-sponsibilites around the White House: Keeping Bill on his best behavior, helping Hillary write a children's Christmas book, keeping Chelsea company when their parents were abroad
First Dogs & Their Breeds: Gaullie the Poodle, Charlie the Welsh Terrier, Pushinka the mutt, Shannon the Irish Cocker Spaniel, Wolf the Wolfhound and Schnauzer mix, Clipper the German Shepherd
President: John F. Kennedy
Ruff-sponsibilities around the White House: Helping watch JFK, Jr., and Caroline, building a new play area in the West Wing, vacationing with the family
First Dog: Feller
Breed: Blond Cocker Spaniel
Ruff-sponsibilities around the White House: Working to turn Truman into a dog lover, keeping the White House's doctor company, changing opponents' views of Truman into positive ones
Next: Happy 51st Birthday, Bo Obama!
First Dog: Laddie Boy
Breed: Airedale Terrier
Ruff-sponsibilities Around the White House: Attending cabinet meetings, conducting mock interviews, posing for a sculpture of himself that was to be shown at the Smithsonian Institute