We’re not the only ones who love our furry friends. Many presidents, dating all the way back to George Washington, had a love for dogs too! We wanted to introduce you to our past president’s best friends.
|During Washington’s presidency, it was common to own hunting dogs. Our first president owned 10 hound dogs named Taster, Cloe, Tipsy, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips and Searcher.
|The second president had two dogs named Juno and Satan. The breeds of both are unknown.
|Maria Monroe, James’ wife, had a spaniel breed.
|A Greyhound named Le Beau was often seen on the White House lawn during John Tyler’s presidency.
|Although Fillmore didn’t have a dog, he was a founding member of the Buffalo chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
|Along with a pair of bald eagles, Buchanan also owned a Newfoundland named Lara.
|Fido, a retriever/shepherd mix, lived with the Lincolns for 5 years in Springfield, Illinois.
|Ulysses S. Grant
|A Newfoundland named Faithful lived at the White House during Grant’s presidency.
|Rutherford Hayes enjoyed many animals including two German Shepherds named Hector and Nellie, and one English Mastiff named Duke.
|Frances, Grover’s wife, loved dogs and cared for a Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund and a Poodle named Hector.
|Along with horses and ponies, Roosevelt also owned a Bull Terrier named Pete; a Chesapeake Retriever named Sailor Boy; a Terrier named Jack; a mixed breed named Skip; and a Pekingese named Manchu.
|An Airedale Terrier named Laddie Boy and an English Bulldog named Old Boy were famous pets of Warren Harding.
|Many dogs lived at the White House in the 1920s including a Terrier named Peter Pan; an Airedale Terrier named Paul Pry; three Collies named Rob Roy, Ruby Rough and Bessie; a Shetland Sheepdog named Calamity Jane; two Chow Chows named Tiny Tim and Blackberry; a Bulldog named Boston Beans; and a mixed breed named King Kole.
|Hoover owned mixed breeds named King Tut and Pat. He also had purebreds, including 2 Fox Terriers named Big Ben and Sonnie; a Collie named Glen; an American Eskimo Dog named Yukon; an Irish Wolfhound named Patrick; a Setter named Eaglehurst Gillette; and an Elkhound named Weejie.
|Franklin Delano Roosevelt
|Roosevelt continued the tradition of having many dogs in the White House. His dogs included Major, a German Shepherd; Meggie , a Scottish Terrier; Winks a Setter; Tiny, an Old English Sheepdog; President, a Great Dane; Fala, a Scottish Terrier; and Blaze, a Mastiff.
|Harry S. Truman
|President Truman only had two dogs, an Irish Setter named Mike and a Cocker Spaniel named Feller.
|Dwight D. Eisenhower
|Heidi, a Weimaraner, was Eisenhower’s one and only furry friend.
|John F. Kennedy
|Along with a slew of ponies, cats and birds, the Kennedys had a Poodle named Gaullie; a Welsh Terrier named Charlie; two mixed breeds named Pushinka and Wolf; a Cocker Spaniel named Shannon; and a German Shepherd named Clipper.
|Lyndon B. Johnson
|LBJ loved Beagles and owned three named Him, Her, and Freckles. He also had a white Collie named Blanco and two mixed breeds named Yuki and Edgar.
|Who could forget Checkers the Cocker Spaniel? Nixon also had a Poodle named Vicky; a Terrier named Pasha; and an Irish Setter named King Timahoe.
|President Ford’s Golden Retriever, Liberty, had a litter of puppies while at the White House.
|The Carters had an Afgan Hound named Lewis Brown and a Border Collie named Grits.
|Rex, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, lived in the White House from 1984-1989. His high profile helped popularize the breed.
|George H. Bush
|President Bush’s dog, Millie, a Springer Spaniel, was the First Pet to write a book. She had puppies while living in the White House. All the dogs went to good homes.
|Buddy, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, arrived in the middle of Clinton’s presidency in 1997.
|George W. Bush
|Spot, another Springer Spaniel, and daughter of former President George H. Bush’s dog, Millie, was a best friend of George W. Bush. Miss Beazely, a Scottish Terrier was given to First Lady, Laura Bush, by the President, in 2005. New Jersey Governor, Christie Whitman, gave Barney, another Scottish Terrier, to Laura Bush as a gift.
|Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, was a gift to the Obamas from Senator Kennedy and his wife.