President Trump breaks 150-year tradition of pets in the White House

President Trump is the first U.S. president in 150 years to be without a pet, reports the New York Post.

His three immediate predecessors—former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton—had dogs, as have most others before them.

According to the Presidential Pet Museum, there were also cat owners including Bush, Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, and bird keepers Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

See the presidential pets through the years:

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Theodore Roosevelt: Pony named "Algonquin" (12 horses)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe 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)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

William Howard Taft: Cows named "Pauline Wayne" and "Mooly Wooly"

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Woodrow Wilson: Sheep used to graze on the White House lawn. Wilson also had a tobacco-chewing tam named "Old Ike," an airedale named "Davie," a greyhound named "Mountain Boy," bull terrier named "Bruce," songbirds, and a cat named "Puffins."

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Calvin Coolidge: White collie named "Rob Roy" and chow named "Tiny Tim"

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe 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.

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named "Fala"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Harry Truman: Cocker spaniel named "Feller" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Harry Truman: Irish setter named "Mike" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

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

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

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

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: German shepherd 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).

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

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

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Lyndon B. Johnson: Collie named "Blanco" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles "Him" and "Her"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Lyndon B. Johnson: Mixed-breed named "Yuki"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Richard Nixon: Cocker spaniel named "Checkers"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Gerald Ford: Siamese cat named "Shan"

(Photo: Gerald Ford Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Golden retriever named "Victory"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: King Charles spaniel named "Rex" 

(Photo: Wikipedia. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Bouvier des Flandres herding dog named "Lucky"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Millie" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Ranger"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Bill Clinton: Labrador retriever named "Buddy"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Socks, the first cat of the Clinton family, August 24, 1994.

(Photo by Larry Downing/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

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

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: American shorthair cat named "India," "Willie," or sometimes called "Kitty"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Spot"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Barack Obama: Portuguese water dogs named "Bo" and "Sunny"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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More exotic animals have also called the White House home including a rooster, snake, and badger kept by Theodore Roosevelt's family, notes the Huffington Post.

In general, having pets is thought to be beneficial for one's mental health and, politically, it often helps foster an image of caring and compassion towards others.

Trump joins a short list of pet-less presidents including Andrew Johnson and James K. Polk; Martin Van Buren was given tiger cubs but donated them.

Some have attributed Trump's lack of interest to his admitted germaphobia, particularly since the family has not had any known pets in the past.

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