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Presidential Dogs of the White House

Many presidents have had dogs during the time at the White House. I have listed all of  the Presidential Dogs that I was able to find and included a few photos all the way back to the Coolidge presidency.

Here are the dogs who have also served in the White House.

Barack Obama

Bo – Portuguese Water Dog. First Dog of the United States.

Presidential Dogs
Chuck Kennedy/The White House via Getty Images

George W. Bush

Spot “Spotty” Fetcher (1989–2004) – female English Springer Spaniel named after Scott Fletcher; Puppy of Millie; Euthanized after suffering a series of strokes.

Barney – Scottish Terrier. First Dog of the United States.

Miss Beazley – Scottish Terrier; Nicknamed “Beazley Weazley”; 2005 birthday gift from George to his wife.

Presidential Dogs
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Bill Clinton

Buddy – Bill’s chocolate Labrador Retriever (1997–2002). First Dog of the United States.

Presidential Dogs
Getty Images

George H. W. Bush

Millie – Springer Spaniel. First Dog of the United States.

Ranger – one of Millie’s puppies

Ronald Reagan

Lucky – Bouvier des Flandres

Rex – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. First Dog of the United States.

Victory – Golden Retriever

Peggy – Irish Setter

Taca – Siberian Husky

Fuzzy – Belgian sheepdog

Jimmy Carter

Grits – Border Collie; Given to his daughter Amy by her teacher, but quickly returned.

Lewis Brown – Afghan Hound

Gerald Ford

Liberty – Golden Retriever

Misty – (Liberty’s puppy born in the White House)

Presidential Dogs
Fox Photos/Getty Images

Richard Nixon

Vicki, Pasha and King Timahoe looking out the window in the White House

Vicki – Poodle

Pasha – Terrier

King Timahoe – Irish Setter

Checkers – Cocker Spaniel (note: Checkers died in 1964, before Nixon became president, but had played a major role in his electoral career)

Presidential Dogs
Fox Photos/Getty Images

Lyndon B. Johnson

Him and Her – beagles

Edgar – beagle

Blanco – white Collie

Freckles – Beagle

John F. Kennedy

Gaullie – Poodle

Charlie – Welsh Terrier

Pushinka – mutt (gift of Russian premier, puppy of Soviet space dog Strelka)

Shannon – Irish Cocker Spaniel

Wolf – (mutt, possibly part Wolfhound and Schnauzer)

Clipper – German Shepherd

Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, and Streaker – (offspring of Pushinka and Charlie)

Dogs in the White House
Cecil Stoughton White House Photographs

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Heidi – Weimaraner

Harry S. Truman

Feller – Cocker Spaniel

Mike – Irish Setter

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fala – Scottish Terrier

Majora – German Shepherd

Meggie – Scottish Terrier

Winks – Llewellyn Setter

Tiny – Old English Sheepdog

President – Great Dane

Blaze – Bullmastiff

Presidential Dogs
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Herbert Hoover

King Tut Belgian Shepherd

Pat – German Shepherd

Big Ben and Sonnie – Fox Terriers

Glen – Scotch Collie

Yukonan – Eskimo dog

Patrick – Irish Wolfhound

Eaglehurst Gillette – Setter

Weejie – Norwegian Elkhound

Presidential Dogs
Getty Images

Calvin Coolidge

Rob Roy and Prudence Prim – White collies

Peter Pan – Terrier

Paul Pry – Airedale Terrier

Calamity Jane – Shetland Sheepdog

Tiny Tim and Blackberry – Chow Chows

Ruby Rouch – Collie

Boston Beans – Bulldog

King Cole – German shepherd

Palo Alto – Bird dog

Bessie – Collie

Presidential Dogs
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Warren G. Harding

Laddie Boy – Airedale Terrier

Old Boy – Bulldog

Woodrow Wilson

Davie – Airedale Terrier

Mountain Boy – Greyhound

Bruce – Bull Terrier

William Howard Taft

Caruso – Dog

There were many presidents that had an array of different kinds of animals although I only focused on the dogs for this article. It is amazing how many dogs some of our presidents had at the White House. Here are the rest of the dog-owning presidents:

Theodore Roosevelt loved the terrier breeds: Pete a Bull Terrier; Skip a Rat Terrier; Jack and Peter were Terriers; Blackjack was a Manchester Terrier; Manchu a Pekingese; Rollo a big Saint Bernard; Sailor Boy was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and there were two no-named breeds Gem and Susan.

Benjamin Harrison had a Collie named Dash.

Grover Cleveland was a fan of a Japanese Poodle named Hector.

James A. Garfield had a dog named Veto.

Rutherford B. Hayes was a big dog fan. He had Dot the Cocker Spaniel; Hector a Newfoundland; Duke was an English Mastiff; Grim the Greyhound; Otis was a Miniature Schnauzer; Juno and Shep were his hunting dogs and a dog named Jet.

Ulysses S. Grant had a Newfoundland named Faithful and Rosie the dog.

Abraham Lincoln owned Fido and Jip.

James Buchanan owned a Newfoundland named Lara, a Toy Terrier named Punch.

Franklin Pierce had seven miniature Oriental dogs.

John Tyler had an Italian Greyhound named Le Beau.

James Monroe had a spaniel.

Thomas Jefferson had a slew of animals, two of which were dogs: Buzzy and we don’t have record of the other dog names. They were big hairy herding dogs called Briards.

John Adams had three dogs named Juno, Mark, and Satan.

George Washington, our very first President of the United States, had several dogs. He was a fan of the hounds. He had three American Staghounds named Sweet Lips, Scentwell and Vulcan. He also had four Black and Tan Coonhounds names Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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