Famous Celebrity Dogs

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It's a dog's life! From strutting the red carpet to eating out at expensive restaurants, these dogs owned by a head of state, music divas and even royalty are sometimes more famous than their celebrity owners.

They have fans following them on their personal websites and fashion labels inspired by them. To keep the mutts in the public eye, several celeb owners also regularly tweet about the lives of their pets.

We've put together a list of some of the world's most famous dogs that have made headlines. Click here to find out about their high lives.


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The Obamas
Referred to as "the first dog," Portuguese Water Dog Bo was gifted to the President Barack Obama and his family by Senator Ted Kennedy in April 2009.

Bo belongs to a hypoallergenic breed and was specially chosen because of eldest daughter Malia Obama's allergies. The President had promised his daughters a dog during his election campaign. Bo is valued at $1,600, according to the President's financial disclosure forms last year.

Four children's' books featuring Bo have already been published and he's even traveled to Hawaii in December he went on vacation with America's First Family.


Oprah Winfrey has often used her talk show to highlight the plight of homeless and abused animals. When her pet of 13 years, Cocker Spaniel Sophie (pictured) died in March 2008, she paid her an emotional tribute on the show, saying the dog was her true love and made her a kinder, gentler person.

Oprah often puts out updates on the health of her dogs on her website. Last year on her 56 th birthday, the talk show queen bought herself two 14-week-old Springer Spaniels named Sunny and Lauren.



Britney Spears - Bit Bit
Britney Spears' Chihuahua Bit Bit shot to fame in 2004 when the singer hit the red carpet at an awards show with the tiny dog wearing a $100,000 diamond-encrusted collar.

In those days Spears led the trend of owning "accessory dogs." She dressed up Bit Bit in faux mink coats, and the dog had a "princess bed" to sleep on. Despite, all this pampering, Spears was named the worst celebrity dog owner of the year in a 2006 magazine poll for treating her dogs like accessories.

That was followed by some highly publicized, erratic behavior in 2007 when the pop star reportedly let her new Yorkshire terrier puppy poop on a $6,700 Zac Posen dress during a photo shoot.



Jessica Simpson - Daisy
Jessica Simpson's dog, five-year-old Daisy, made headlines in 2009 when the singer said the Maltese poodle (Maltipoo) had been snatched by a coyote in L.A.

Nick Lachey, her husband at the time, gave Simpson the dog in 2004. Daisy appeared on the former couple's reality TV show Newlywedsand was often photographed being ferried around in a Louis Vuitton dog carrier. The dog has even appeared on-stage during Simpson's concerts.

The singer has recently spoken about being a "new mom" to fiance Eric Johnson's Airedale terrier Bentley.



Mariah Carey - Jack
Mariah Carey has four Jack Russell terriers.

The oldest named Jack (pictured) was a gift from Carey's ex-husband and record executive Tommy Mottola. Jack has made many cameo appearances in Carey's music videos such asDreamlover and All I want for Christmas is you . He also appeared in the movie Glitter and has three fan websites dedicated to him.

In 2005, Jack was prevented from flying in first class with Carey because of his size. In March of this year reports surfaced that Carey had put all her dogs in therapy to help prepare them for the birth of her twins.


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