“There was a dog?” President Obama asked, after meeting the squadron commander of SEAL Team 6, the group that killed Osama bin Laden,
according to a New Yorker article published last week. “I want to meet that dog.”
“If you want to meet the dog, Mr. President, I advise you to bring treats,” the commander joked.
Obama walked into the next room and petted Cairo, the only member of the team whose name has been declassified, though — per Secret Service order — the dog had to remain muzzled.
Cairo, like many miliary dogs, is a Belgian Malinois, a breed similar in coloring and appearance to German shepherds, but smaller and lighter-boned. They are intimidating and intelligent, perfect for unpredictable and dangerous Special Ops missions