41 photos of presidential pets over time

United States presidents and their families have almost always had pets while serving in office. Going all the way back to George Washington, many presidents have cared for dogs and horses, while others have brought slightly more exotic animals to the White House. 

In fact, every president except James Polk and Andrew Johnson had a pet for at least part of his time in office. 

President Donald Trump bucks this tradition, as the first POTUS in about 150 years to have no known pets at the White House. (Vice President Mike Pence’s family has a few pets, however, including the now rather well-known Marlon Bundo.) 

Many presidential pets have also become famous in their own right, like Warren G. Harding’s Laddie Boy and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fala. As March is the month of National Puppy Day and Respect Your Cat Day, we’ve rounded up photos of presidential pets for animal lovers and history buffs alike.

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Grover Cleveland (1885–1889, 1893–1897)

President Grover Cleveland and his family had a number of pets at the White House, including dogs and exotic birds. First Lady Frances Cleveland was apparently a real animal lover, and the family continued to care for pets after leaving the White House. 

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Grover Cleveland with Son Francis.

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 Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

President Benjamin Harrison’s pets included dogs and opossums. Some of his grandchildren, who also lived at the White House, had a billy goat called Old Whiskers.

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Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

President Theodore Roosevelt also had a large number of pets. In 1908, the Washington Evening Star reportedly wrote, “There is no home in Washington so full of pets of high and low degree as is the White House, and those pets not only occupy the attention of the children, but the President is himself their good friend, and has a personal interest in every one of them.”

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Theodore Roosevelt with his family at Oyster Bay. Undated photograph.

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Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

President Woodrow Wilson’s pets included dogs, cats and birds. He also had a flock of sheep that grazed on the White House lawn.

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Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)

President Warren G. Harding had a Airedale terrier named Laddie Boy, who became a bit of a celebrity during his time at the White House. Harding also reportedly had an English bulldog and a squirrel named Pete. 

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US President Warren G Harding (1865 - 1923) and First Lady, Florence Harding, watch from a balcony as an annual Easter Monday children's egg-rolling event takes place on the White House lawn, Washington DC, circa 1922. With them is their pet dog, Laddie Boy.

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Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

President Calvin Coolidge had menagerie that could rival a zoo’s collection. His most famous animal was Billy the pygmy hippopotamus, though he also had a bobcat, donkey, wallaby, antelope, lion cubs, raccoons, dogs, cats, birds ... and more!

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US First Lady Grace Coolidge (1879 - 1957) holds up her pet raccoon, Rebecca, for a crowd of children at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Washington DC, April 18, 1927.

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Portrait of American President Herbert Hoover (1874 � 1964) as he poses with his pet dog King Tut, 1930s. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Robert R. Robinson, kennel master at the White House, stands with President Hoover's three dogs: (from left to right) Buckeye, a German police dog; King Tut, a Belgian police dog; and Englehurst Gillette, a Gordon Setter.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a famous Scottish terrier named Fala. His family had other dogs as well, including another Scottish terrier named Meggie, a German shepherd named Major and an English setter named Winks. 

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White House terrier Fala, 4, licks his chops as he stands over his birthday cake on April 7, 1944. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had the cake made especially for his beloved pet dog. Five days later, the president died at Warm Springs, Georgia.

Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman received a cocker spaniel puppy named Feller from a woman in his home state of Missouri. The Trumans weren’t very interested in having a presidential pet, so they gave him to their personal physician, Dr. Graham. Truman’s daughter Margaret also had an Irish setter named Mike for a brief time

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Miss Margaret Truman, daughter of the President and Mrs. Truman, takes her Irish setter puppy, 'Mike,' for a stroll over White House grounds. The pup is a gift of Postmaster General Robert Hannegan and succeeds Fala as the White House pet.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, had a Weimaraner named Heidi and a pet parakeet. 

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First Lady Mamie Eisenhower (1896 - 1979) poses with pet weimaraner Heidi, who had just been awarded a lifetime membership to the Tailwaggers Club, Washington DC, 1958. The pair stand under a framed portrait of former preisident Abraham Lincoln.

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John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

The Kennedy family had a number of dogs and horses, as well as other pets like hamsters and parakeets. 

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John F. Kennedy Jr walking his dogs.

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Outside the White House's Oval Office, American President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and his children, John (1960 - 1999) and Caroline, play with pony Macaroni, Washington DC, June 22, 1962.

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Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

President Lyndon B. Johnson had beagles, a collie and a terrier mix. The family also reportedly had hamsters and lovebirds during his White House tenure.  

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Close-ups of Johnson beagles in front of the White house wearing campaign buttons for Lyndon B. Johnson for President.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson relaxes in his pool with his grandson Lyn and the First Family's new dog, Yuki.

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Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

President Richard Nixon had a poodle named Vicky, a terrier named Pasha and an Irish settler named King Timahoe. Before he was president, Nixon had a cocker spaniel named Checkers, who became the namesake for a famous speech he gave during his vice presidential campaign in 1952. 

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President Richard M. Nixon smiles and pets his dogs (L-R) Irish Setter 'King Timahoe,' Yorkshire Terrier 'Pasha' and French Poodle 'Vicky,' outside the White House, Washington, DC, April 30, 1970.

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Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

President Gerald Ford had a golden retriever named Liberty, who had a litter of puppies while in the White House. The Fords kept one of the puppies and named her Misty. Ford’s daughter, Susan, also had a Siamese cat named Shan. 


The Ford family gather for a family Christmas portrait (R-L) son John 'Jack' Ford, President Gerald R. Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, daughter Susan Ford with pet dog Liberty and Liberty's puppy Misty, son Steven Ford, son Mike Ford and his wife Gayle Ford on December 23, 1975 during their annual Christmas retreat in Vail, Colorado.

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Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter’s daughter Amy received a border collie mix named Grits as a gift from her teacher. The family later returned the dog to her teacher. The Carters also reportedly had an Afghan hound named Lewis Brown and Siamese cat named Misty Malarky Ying Yang.

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Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

President Ronald Reagan had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Rex and a Bouvier des Flandres named Lucky. They also had a few other dogs, who mostly lived at their California ranch, along with their horses. 

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President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy playing with their pet dogs Victory and Millie on their ranch.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan holding King Charles spaniel Rex.

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George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

President George H.W. Bush had an English springer spaniel named Millie ― the subject and “author” of the bestselling Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush. Millie had six puppies while in the White House ― including Bush’s beloved Ranger. 

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President Bush sitting aboard the presidential plane with granddaughter Marshall & 1of his two dogs on his lap.

 (Photo by Time Life Pictures/White House/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

President Bill Clinton’s White House pets included Socks the cat and Buddy the chocolate Labrador retriever.

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 President Bill Clinton gives his dog Buddy a kiss in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC 17 September shortly before leaving to deliver a speech to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at a nearby hotel.

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Photograph of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton with Socks the Cat and Buddy the Dog

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George W. Bush (2001-2009)

President George W. Bush had an English springer spaniel named Spot (Millie’s puppy), two Scottish terriers named Barney and Miss Beazley and a cat named India aka “Willie.” A longhorn cow also lived at the family’s ranch in Texas.  

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 US President George W. Bush, with his dog Barney, arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, 10 June 2001. The President and First Lady Laura Bush spent the weekend on their ranch in Crawford, TX, before leaving tomorrow for their first European trip as President.

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Barack Obama (2009-2017)

President Barack Obama had two Portuguese water dogs named Sunny and Bo at the White House.

 (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
Bo (L) and Sunny, the Obama family's new puppy, are pictured on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in this photo released on August 19, 2013 by the White House.  REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout via Reuters 

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