All of America’s first pets

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US President John F. Kennedy walks with his daughter Caroline, as she leads her pony from the West Wing Colonnade to the South Lawn.
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President Obama’s Portuguese water dogs, “Bo” and “Sunny,” are just the latest “first pets” to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In fact, nearly every commander in chief has kept a pet during their term.

America’s first families have shared their quarters with an impressive menagerie of animals, from snakes to ponies to sheep.

In honor of Bo, who celebrated his seventh birthday earlier this month, here is a list of the presidents’ “first pets.”

Pets are in chronological order of each presidents’ term, beginning with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1901.


Theodore Roosevelt: Pony named “Algonquin,” (12 horses)

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Library of Congress

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Theodore Roosevelt: Hyacinth macaw named “Eli Yale” (owl, 6 dogs, 2 cats, snake, 2 kangaroos, one-legged rooster, rabbit, flying squirrel, 5 guinea pigs, 5 bears, pig, and a raccoon)

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Library of Congress

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


William Howard Taft: Cows named “Pauline Wayne” and “Mooly Wooly”

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Pauline Wayne poses in front of the Navy Building, which is known today as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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Library of Congress

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Woodrow Wilson: sheep used to graze on the White House lawn. Wilson also had a tobacco-chewing ram named “Old Ike,” an Airedale named “Davie,” a greyhound named “Mountain Boy,” bull terrier named “Bruce,” songbirds, and a cat named “Puffins.”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Warren G. Harding: Airedale terrier named “Laddie Boy,” English bulldog named, “Old Boy” and a squirrel named “Pete”

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Laddie Boy looks at his official White House portrait.
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Library of Congress

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Coolidge: White collie named “Rob Roy” and chow named “Tiny Tim”

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National Archives

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Calvin Coolidge: Raccoon named “Rebecca.” He also had another raccoon, 10 dogs, three canaries, mockingbird, goose, two cats, donkey, bobcat, two lion cubs, a wallaby, a pygmy hippo, and a black bear.

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National Archives

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Herbert Hoover: Belgian shepherd named “King Tut” and a pair of alligators that crawled around the White House grounds.

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named “Fala”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named “Meggie”

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Harry Truman: Cocker spaniel named “Feller”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Harry Truman: Irish setter named “Mike”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Dwight Eisenhower: Weimaraner named “Heidi,” parakeet named “Gabby” (she was never photographed)

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


John F. Kennedy: Welsh terrier named “Charlie” (his favorite) and a mixed-breed named “Pushinka”

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Charlie (right) and Pushinka (left) sit on the White House lawn.
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John F Kennedy Presidential library

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


John F. Kennedy: German Shepard named “Clipper,” Welsh terrier named “Charlie” (with Caroline), mixed-breed named “Wolf” (reclining by Caroline), Irish cocker spaniel named “Shannon” (with John Jr. ), and two of Pushinka’s puppies (with First Lady Jackie Kennedy).

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John F Kennedy Presidential library

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


John F. Kennedy: Pony named “Macaroni” (another pony named “Tex”)

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John F Kennedy Presidential library

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Lyndon B. Johnson: Collie named “Blanco”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles “Him” and “Her”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Lyndon B. Johnson: Mixed-breed named “Yuki”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Richard Nixon: Terrier named “Pasha,” poodle named “Vicky,” and Irish setter named “King Timahoe”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Richard Nixon: Cocker spaniel named “Checkers”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Gerald Ford: Golden retriever named “Liberty” and her litter of puppies born at the White House

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Gerald Ford: Siamese cat named “Shan”

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Gerald Ford Presidential library

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Ronald Reagan: Golden retriever named “Victory”

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Ronald Reagan Presidential library

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Ronald Reagan: King Charles spaniel named “Rex”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Ronald Reagan: Bouvier des Flandres herding dog named “Lucky”

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Ronald Reagan Presidential library

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named “Millie”

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Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named “Ranger”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Bill Clinton: American short-hair cat named “Socks”

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Bill Clinton: Labrador retriever named “Buddy”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


George W. Bush: Scottish terriers named “Barney” and “Miss Beazley”

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Miss Beazley (left) and Barney (right)
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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


George W. Bush: American short-hair cat named “India,” “Willie,” or sometimes called “Kitty”

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Barney watches as Miss Beazley licks India.
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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


George W. Bush: Springer spaniel named “Spot”

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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


Barack Obama: Portuguese water dogs named “Bo” and “Sunny”

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Bo (left) and Sunny (right)
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White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The White House


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