20 Presidential Dogs Of United States Presidents

Checkout these 20 Presidential Dogs Of United States presidents.. Dogs are the first domesticated animals and have been kept for different tasks in human history. People have kept them for hunting, working ands as pet. They are also known as a man’s best friend. They’re not just friends to the common man, even presidents have kept dogs wether for themselves or family. Below a list of 20 Presidential dogs of United States Presidents.


#1 George Washington and The American Foxhound

America’s first President was not only the father of his country but also the father of the American foxhound. He carefully bred and maintained his dogs, listing more than 30 hounds in his journals, including ones named Drunkard, Tipler and Tipsy.

#2 Abraham Lincoln and Fido

Abraham Lincoln and his family had a dog named Fido while they lived in Springfield, Illinois. Fido was born around 1855 and lived with the Lincolns for 5 years. Fido followed Lincoln in the streets of his town, carrying stuff like the newspaper for his owner. The dog’s breed is not certain, but with it’s mustard color it resembles a retriever/shepherd mix. It was a full fledged member of the family being an inside dog, even claiming the horsehair sofa for his own. FIdo didn’t go to Washington with Abraham Lincoln after his election to the presidency. Lincoln noticed that Fido was afraid of the canon blasts and trains. With great sorrow he gave Fido to a local family with the stipulation that it be an indoor dog, given special treats etc, because he thought Fido wouldn’t survive the trip.

#3 Benjamin Harrison with Dash, a goat and kids

The Harrison’s had a mixed breed Collie named Dash. The dog belonged to the President’s wife, Caroline Harrison. He was probably their favorite dog, because unlike their other dogs, Dash had a private doghouse next to the White House. The President thought people would think less of him if they saw him show affection for his dog, so he rarely played with his pets. The President had another dog named Jack, but there isn’t much info about this dog. What was known is that he didn’t have a kennel next to the White House like Dash.

#4 Theodore Roosevelt and Skip

Theodore “Teddy“ Roosevelt had two terriers by the names of Skip and Jack. Skip is the most known of the two, he was mentioned several times in Teddy Roosevelt’s letters to his children. Roosevelt wrote that the dog was good for hunting, but that it all he wants to do now is sleep all day. Skip passed away during Roosevelt’s time at the White House and he was buried on the grounds, but was reburried on his family’s estate when his term was up.

#5 Warren G. Harding and Laddie Boy

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Harding’s beloved Airdale terrier, Laddie Boy, was the first presidential dog to receive regular press in the country’s newspapers. The dog even attended cabinet meetings in his own custom-made chair and held faux press conferences. After Harding passed away while in office in 1923, a life-size statue of Laddie Boy was created.

#6 Calvin Coolidge and Rob Roy

Growing up on a farm Calvin Coolidge was an animal lover. He once said, “Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.” He had a white collie called Rob Roy. They wanted it to be seen by the nation as part of their family. The dog posed in a picture with the First Family on the South Portico steps. This was the first time a dog was included in an official First Family photo portrait.

#7 Herbert Hoover and King Tut

The German Shepherd dog named King Tut helped to get Hoover elected. A picture of Hoover and his dog was sent to thousands of voters, which made the candidate seem warm and friendly. King Tut came with him in the White House and remained visible to the public eye, every night patrolling the White House fences.

#8 President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fala

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a Scottish Terrier named Fala. Fala was given to him as a present by Mrs. August G. Kellog of Westport, CT. This dog was loved, he had a bone brought to him each morning on the President’s own breakfast tray. The dog is also said to have had a special chair at the foot of President Roosevelt’s bed. In 1944 when he was running for his fourth term he accidentally left Fala behind on the Aleutian Islands. Roosevelt allegedly sent back ships to get the dog.

#9 Harry S. Truman’s Feller

In December 1947, Feller was given to the Truman family as a unsolicited gift. They named the dog Feller, but President Truman wasn’t thrilled with his gift. The Truman’s gave the unsolicited gift to the WHite House physician. After press started deriding the physician he gave the dog to a Naval Admiral. Anyway, Feller was destined to remain at Camp David and became known as The Unwanted Dog

#10 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Heidi

President Eisenhower had a Weimaraner named Heidi. The dog was a gift to him from Arthur Summerfield. In a letter to Summerfield, President Eisenhower said “Heidi is definitely an asset to life in the White House. She cavorts on the South Lawn at a great rate, with such important projects as chasing squirrels and investigating what might be under bushes. She is beautiful and well-behaved (occasionally she tends toward stubbornness but is then immediately apologetic about it). And she is extremely affectionate and seemingly happy. I am constantly indebted to you both for giving her to me . . .”

#11 President John F. Kennedy With His Family Dogs


President John F. Kennedy Jr. is seen here with Mrs. Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy with Pushinka’s puppies Blackie and White Tips, and family dogs Shannon, Clipper, Wolfie, and Charlie. Pushinka (“Fluffy” in Russian) has the dubious distinction of being a gift from former Soviet Union premier Nikita Khrushchev. Despite the unsavory source, however, all indications were that Pushinka was a good dog, and he gave birth to several puppies who hung around with the Kennedys for a number of years.

#12 Lyndon B. Johnson and Him

President Lyndon Johnson had two dogs, by the name of Him and Her. The two were registered beagles born on June 27, 1963. President Johnson played with the dogs and was photographed with them frequently. In 1964 President Johnson raised the ire of many when he took a picture raising Him by his ears while greetinga group on the White House lawn.

#13 President Nixon and Checkers

Richard Nixon’s dog Checkers saved his political career by becoming the subject of a speech. In the speech, known as the “Checkers speech,” Nixon deflected criticism that he was taking illegal campaign donation. Proving the only thing that was given to him was a Cocker Spaniel, named Checkers by his daughter. Checkers however didn’t make it to the White House, as she died in 1964.

#14 President Gerald Ford and His Golden Retriever

President Gerald Ford and wife Betty Ford were given an 8-month dog by their daughter Susan Ford. The dog was called Liberty and was a Golden Retriever. Liberty was often photographed with President Ford in the Oval Office, Camp David and on the South Lawn of the White House.

#16 President Ronald Reagan & Lucky

Ronald Reagan was the owner of two dogs, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Rex and a Bouvier des Flanders, known as the Belgian Cattle Dog, called Lucky. Lucky was a gift who started as a small bundle of fur. But grew to be pretty large. During a visit of Margaret Thatcher to the White House, Lucky dragged President Reagan across the White House lawn. This was thought to be a humiliation, so Lucky was dispatched to their Ranch in California.

#18 President Bill Clinton with Buddy

Bill Clinton was a true lab lover. Bill Clinton had a Chocolate Labrador called “Budweiser,” affectionately known to the rest of the world as Buddy. Buddy lived in the White House as an official Presidential pet. Buddy was a celebrity on his self, his days in the White House included many photo-ops of playing ball, going for runs and being snuggled. The White House cat “Socks” though, didn’t get along quite well with Buddy.

#19 President George W. Bush and Barney

George Bush and his wife, Mrs. Laura Bush had two Scottish Terriers, called Barney and Miss Beazley. Barney joined the Bush family after the 2000 Presidential election as a gift of President Bush to his wife Laura. The other dog, Miss Beazley was a birthday gift from President Bush to his wife in 2004, and arrived at the White House on January 6, 2005. There was so much demand for information about them that the White House created a website, Barney.gov. It can still be visited today in its archived form.

#20 President Barack Obama and Bo

During his campaign, President Obama promised his two daughters, Malia and Sasha that they will get a puppy. Their choice was down to two dogs, a Portuguese water dog and a Labradoodle holding Malia’s allergies into consideration. They finally picked a black and white Portuguese water dog, and they named him Bo. The dog is a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who owns several Portuguese water dogs himself

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