We’ve all seen articles on the various First Dogs of the United States. Now, let’s smile and daydream for a few minutes about what life would be like with a dog as the President! 

The 20 Best Presidential Dog Qualities

What makes a great president? Everyone might have slightly different answers, but overall, we all want a benevolent leader, willing to do whatever it takes to provide the best quality of life for the citizens of the United States. 

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  1. Exceedingly Loyal
    Loyalty is one of the top qualities we all love in dogs. Their devotion is unmatched and makes us want to be better humans. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are”? The world would be a better place if we all tried to be as loyal as our dogs.
  2. Kind-Hearted
    Dogs have just about the biggest hearts possible, and the only kind of love they know is unconditional love. Our merciful pups won’t stop loving you just because you made a mistake.  How calming is that?
  3. Affectionate toward Friends and Family
    Everyone loves a “family man” or “family woman,” right? Well, dogs are the ultimate family and friend-lover. They are affectionate, and they don’t care who knows it.
  4. Friendly toward Strangers
    Many dog breeds have never met a stranger—because everyone is their friend! it would not be seen as phony if you saw them shaking hands and kissing babies.
  5. Gentle with Children
    You can tell a lot about a person based on how they act around children. Are they gentle? Patient? Do they genuinely care about children? Well, dogs sure do! 
  6. Respectful of and Compassionate toward the Elderly 
    Some people may think showing respect for our elders is old-fashioned. But, they have a lot of life and wisdom under their belts. Doesn’t it seem like dogs innately know who’s “boss” and truly listen to them?
  7. Hardworking
    Everyone wants a hardworking president, right? Many working dogs have jobs like herders, search and rescue dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, police and military dogs, and more
  8. Great Guardians
    Guard dogs serve a valuable purpose. They are strong, courageous, protective, and will do whatever it takes to guard their people.
  9. Observant, Anticipating the Needs of Others
    Many dogs are extremely talented at anticipating what you need, even before you realize you need it. 
  10. Intelligent
    Intelligence and prudence are vital traits in a good president. Many dog breeds are known for their vast intelligence and speed of learning new skills. 
  11. Energetic
    A presidential term is exhausting. The President needs a lot of energy to sustain all the work, decisions, meetings, travel, and stress that comes with the job. Dogs—especially young dogs—often seem to have unending energy. Even those senior pups can muster up quite a bit of energy when it comes to “walk” time!
  12. Fun-Loving
    Although being president requires serious composure, it’s nice to see your leader as a real human who enjoys a good time. These traits help them build better relationships with their co-workers, employees, citizens, and other foreign relations.
  13. Great Hair
    Although this one isn’t a prerequisite for the presidency, a good head of hair never hurts.
  14. Content
    Dogs are known for being easy-going, content creatures. They are satisfied with having a good home, food in their belly, sweet loved ones, and knowing their people are happy.
  15. Sensible
    Dogs are not superficial. They don’t care if you’re wearing the most fashionable clothes or what car you drive. They don’t care if they live in a big, fancy, expensive home. All they need is love.
  16. Helpful Servants
    The job of President falls under the category of “public servant.” Dogs are wonderful at serving others. They are selfless and simply want to help.
  17. Tough
    When dealing with citizens, government officials, and global political leaders, our President must be tough but fair.
  18. Courageous
    It takes the courage of a dog to do what is right and what is needed.
  19. Positive Disposition
    Staying positive is something that comes naturally to dogs!
  20. Lack of Greed or Selfishness
    As humans, we can, at times, be greedy or selfish. Dogs don’t need to prop themselves up or put others down. They want to be a part of a pack that cares for and loves one another. They want to make sure that everyone has what they need.
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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Make sure to vote during this year’s midterms! Does your chosen candidate have what it takes to act like a dog? 

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