Over the years the presidential families have had a variety of animal
living in the White House. Some of these furry friends have been
beloved household pets, companions to the president, playmates for the
children or working livestock. Although first pets can sleep anywhere
in the White House that the family wishes most keep their pets out of
the public rooms. Being a "first pet" makes the animal very special
and they are not only loved by their owners but they are loved by the
general public as well. Usually
members of the White House staff help to care for the pets.
Most animals live in the families private quarters but others have had
dog houses on the South Lawn. So far out of the 44 Presidents of the
United States there are only a few, Chester A. Arthur, James K. Polk and
Franklin Pierce who left no record of pets.
Legendary Animals and their Famous
President Barack H.
black and white Portuguese Water Dog name Bo. This
adorable dog was a present to Sasha and Malia from Senator and Mrs. Ted
President George W.
Bush had a number of pets in the White House. India was his
beautiful black cat.
was his English Springer Spaniel. She was the daughter of Millie,
former President George Bush's dog, and was born in the White House on
March 17, 1989 and passed away while George W. was in office.
Barney was the President's adorable Scottish Terrier, who was a gift
from New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman to Laura Bush. Lastly,
Miss Beazley, also a Scottish Terrier, was a birthday present from the
President to Mrs. Bush in 2005.
President Bill Clinton is
known for his pet Socks the cat. An adorable black and white that enjoyed a special
room in the East Wing and was very popular. He also had Buddy a
Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
President George Bush had a Springer Apaniel named Millie and one of her puppies named Ranger. Millie
was the first dog is author a book.
President Ronald Reagan owned
Lucky a Bouvier des Flandres who grew too big and was sent to live on
their ranch. She was replaced by Rex, a King Charles Cavalier
President Jimmy Carter owned
a dog named Grits that was given to Amy from her teacher but later
returned and replaced with Misty Malarky Ying Yang, which was Amy
Carter's Siamese cat
President Gerald Ford had a dog that was named Liberty, a Golden Retriever.
Liberty had puppies while living in the White House and went with the
president to the Oval Office. They also had Shan, Susan
Ford's Siamese Cat.
President Richard Nixon owned
an Irish Setter named King Timahoe, a Terrier named Pasha and a
Poodle named Vicky.
President Lyndon B. Johnson
was not real creative with naming his pets. He had Beagles named:
Beagle, Little Beagle, Him and Her. He had a White Collie named
Blanco and a mixed breed named Yuki.
President John F. Kennedy had a
variety of pets for his young children. At the White House they had three dogs: Charlie, Pushinka and Clipper, two ponies: Macaroni and Tex and Two parakeets:
Bluebell and Marybelle.
President Dwight Eisenhower had a Weimaraner named Heidi.
Harry S. Truman preferred to be pet free. On two occasions they
did own a two dogs Feller (Blond Cocker Spaniel) and Mike (Irish Setter)
but both were given away after a short period of time.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt owned a Scottish Terrier named Murray the
Outlaw of Falahill who became known as Fala. The dog slept at the
foot of the President's bed in a special chair, received a bone each
morning on the President's breakfast tray and was his trusted companion
who went everywhere with him.
President Herbert Hoover
owned dogs and most famous was his Police Dog named King Tut.
In addition, his son, Alan Henry Hoover, owned two gators that were
occasionally known to wander the White House grounds.
most famous pet was his white collie, Tiger the alley cat and Rebecca
the racoon. Rebecca was walked on a leash. However Calvin and Grace Coolidge had a zoo at the
White House that included: dogs ( Terrier, Airedale, Shtetland Sheepdog,
Chow, Brown Collie, Bulldog, Police Dog, Yellow Collie), cats, raccons,
donkeys and birds. Knowing their love for animals many sent them pets.
The exotic pets were sent to the zoo.
President Warren Harding owned
an Airedale name Laddie Boy and a English Bulldog named Old Boy.
He also kept a pen of turkeys at the White House
President Woodrow Wilson kept
sheep on the South Lawn to keep the lawn trim during WWII to replace the
gardeners who were serving their country and cut costs.
President William Taft had a cow
named Pauline who lived at the White House and provided milk for the
Theodore Roosevelt had young children who loved pets. They owned cats,
dogs, snakes, raccoons, guinea pigs, horses and a Calico Pony named Alqonquian to name a few.
President William McKinley
owned a Mexican double-yellow-headed parrot.
President Benjamin Harrison had a billy goat named Old Whiskers and dogs.
President Thomas Jefferson
had a mockingbird that he taught to take food from his lips.
President Zachary Taylor,
took his old war-horse Whitey to live on the White House grounds.
President Lincoln had a
son named Tad who befriended the turkey sent to the White House for the
holiday feast. He named his new friend Jack. As Christmas
approached Tad burst into a cabinet meeting in tears and begged his
father to pardon the bird. It is believed that is this the basis
for the modern day turkey pardoning at the White House at Thanksgiving.
They also had a pig, dogs, cats, ponies and a white rabbit.
President John Quincy Adams
had an alligator that was a present from the Marquis de Lafayette.
President John Adams built
the first stables at the White House for his horse Cleopatra.
He also had two dogs, Juno and Satan.
President George Washington
had horses, including Nelson and Blueskin used during the Revolution.
He also owned a number of hounds and a parrot belonging to Martha.