08/29/2012 08:42 am ET Updated Oct 29, 2012

8 Political Puppies (PHOTOS)

First, "soccer moms" were the sought-after swing voters. Then it was the coveted "NASCAR dads." Now, with the 2012 elections coming up fast, the new voting bloc everyone's focused on is--you guessed it--dogs.

After hearing this revelation that dogs could sway the presidential election, some people have come up to me and said, "Chuck, you do know dogs can't actually vote, don't you?" It's then that I just reply with the same answer I always give when backed into a corner: "I really don't appreciate your 'gotcha' questions!" (I find that once you accuse someone of "gotcha" questions, they really can't come back from that.)

The fact is, dogs don't sit on the sidelines when it comes to politics. Pooches of all breeds and ages are constantly revealing their political preferences to us--by which political commercials they choose to bark at and which candidate yard signs they choose to pee on. You don't just have a dog in your home--you have a red dog or a blue dog.

In fact, I collected a lot of photos of such canines in my new book, Red Dog / Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political [Running Press, $12.00]. And within these two large of categories of red dogs and blue dogs are many subgroups of voting canines you should familiarize yourself with. I've managed to create mini-profiles of eight here for your viewing pleasure.

8 Political Dogs