List of U.S. presidents and their dogs

List of U.S. presidents and their dogs

Having a dog in the White House is nothing new, as 32 U.S. presidents undoubtedly found comfort in the loyalty, friendship, and unconditional love of “man’s best friend:”

George Washington (no party): 1st U.S. President (1789-1797)

Sweet Lips, Scentwell and Vulcan: American Staghounds

Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy: Black and Tan Coonhounds

John Adams (Federalist): 2nd U.S. President (1797-1801)

Juno and Satan: Dogs

Thomas Jefferson (Democrat-Republican): 3rd U.S. President (1801-1809)

Buzzy and unknown: Briards

James Monroe (Democrat-Republican): 5th U.S. President (1817-1825)

Buddy: Spaniel

John Tyler (Whig-no party): 10th U.S. President (1841-1845)

Le Beau: Italian Greyhound

Franklin Pierce (D): 14th U.S. President (1853-1857)

Seven miniature Oriental dogs

James Buchanan (D): 15th U.S. President (1857-1861)

Lara: Newfoundland

Punch: Toy Terrier

Abraham Lincoln (R): 16th U.S. President (1861-1865)

Fido: Dog

Ulysses S. Grant (R): 18th U.S. President (1869-1877)

Faithful: Newfoundland

Rosie: Dog

Rutherford B. Hayes (R): 19th U.S. President (1877-1881)

Dot: Cocker Spaniel

Hector: Newfoundland

Duke: English Mastiff

Grim: Greyhound

Juno and Shep: Hunting dogs

Jet: Dog

James A. Garfield (R): 20th U.S. President (1881-1881)

Veto: Dog

Grover Cleveland (D): 22nd & 24th U.S. President (1885-89/1893-97)


Benjamin Harrison (R): 23rd U.S. President (1889-1893)

Dash: Collie

Theodore Roosevelt (R): 26th U.S. President (1901-1909)

Pete: Bull Terrier

Skip: Rat Terrier

Jack and Peter: Terriers

Blackjack: Manchester Terrier

Manchu: Pekingese

Rollo: Saint Bernard

Sailor Boy: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Gem and Susan: Dogs

William Howard Taft (R): 27th U.S. President (1909-1913)

Caruso: Dog

Woodrow Wilson (D): 28th U.S. President (1913-1921)

Davie: Airedale Terrier

Mountain Boy: Greyhound

Bruce: Bull Terrier

Warren G. Harding (R): 29th U.S. President (1921-1923)

Laddie Boy: Airedale Terrier

Old Boy: Bulldog

Calvin Coolidge (R): 30th U.S. President (1923-1929)

Rob Roy and Prudence Prim: White Collies

Peter Pan: Terrier

Paul Pry: Airedale Terrier

Calamity Jane: Shetland Sheepdog

Tiny Tim and Blackberry: Chow Chows

Ruby Rouch: Collie

Boston Beans: Bulldog

King Cole: German Shepherd

Palo Alto: Bird dog

Bessie: Collie

Herbert Hoover (R): 31st U.S. President (1929-1933)

King Tut: Belgian Shepherd

Pat: German Shepherd

Big Ben and Sonnie: Fox Terriers

Glen: Scotch Collie

Yukonan: Eskimo dog

Patrick: Irish Wolfhound

Eaglehurst Gillette: Setter

Weejie: Norwegian Elkhound

Franklin D. Roosevelt (D): 32nd U.S. President (1933-1945)

Fala: Scottish Terrier

Majora: German Shepherd

Meggie: Scottish Terrier

Winks: Llewellyn Setter

Tiny: Old English Sheepdog

President: Great Dane

Blaze: Mastiff

Harry S. Truman (D): 33rd U.S. President (1945-1953)

Feller: Cocker Spaniel

Mike: Irish Setter

Dwight D. Eisenhower (R): 34th U.S. President (1953-1961)

Heidi: Weimaraner

John F. Kennedy (D): 35th U.S. President (1961-1963)

Pushinka: Mutt (gift of Russian premier, puppy of Soviet space dog Strelka)

Shannon: Irish Cocker Spaniel

Wolf: (Mutt, possibly part Wolfhound and Schnauzer)

Clipper: German Shepherd

Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, and Streaker: Offspring of Pushinka and Charlie (his daughter Caroline’s Welsh Terrier)

Lyndon B. Johnson (D): 36th U.S. President (1963-1969)

Him and Her: Beagles (Him was the subject of controversy; in 1964, President Johnson lifted the dog up by its ears, claiming “it’s good for [him].”)

Edgar: Beagle

Blanco: White Collie

Freckles: Beagle

Yuki: Mongrel

Richard M. Nixon (R): 37th U.S. President (1969-1974)

Vicki: Poodle

Pasha: Terrier

King Timahoe: Irish Setter

Checkers: Cocker Spaniel (Checkers died while Nixon was vice-president, before becoming president, but had played a major role in his electoral career with the “Checkers speech“)

Gerald Ford (R): 38th U.S. President (1974-1977)

Liberty: Golden Retriever

Misty: Liberty’s puppy born in the White House

Jimmy Carter (D): 39th U.S. President (1977-1981)

Grits: Border Collie (given to his daughter Amy by her teacher, but quickly returned)

Lewis Brown: Afghan Hound

Ronald Reagan (R): 40th U.S. President (1981-1989)

Lucky: Bouvier des Flandres

Rex: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (First Dog of the United States)

Victory: Golden Retriever

Peggy: Irish Setter

Taca: Siberian Husky

Fuzzy: Belgian sheepdog

George H. W. Bush (R): 41st U.S. President (1989-1993)

Millie: Springer Spaniel (First Dog of the United States)

Ranger: One of Millie’s puppies

Bill Clinton (D): 42nd U.S. President (1993-2001)

Buddy: Bill’s chocolate Labrador Retriever (First Dog of the United States, b.1997-Jan 2, 2002)

George W. Bush (R): 43rd U.S. President (2001-2009)

Spot “Spotty” Fetcher (Mar 17, 1989 – Feb 21, 2004): Female English Springer Spaniel named after Scott Fletcher; puppy of Millie; euthanized after suffering a series of strokes.

Barney: Scottish Terrier (First Dog of the United States, 2000 – Feb. 1, 2013)

Miss Beazley (Oct 28, 2004 – May 17, 2014): Scottish Terrier; Nicknamed “Beazley Weazley”; 2005 birthday gift from George to his wife.

Barack Obama (D): 44th U.S. President (2009)

Bo: Portuguese Water Dog (First Dog of the United States)

Sunny: Portuguese Water Dog (August, 2013)