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

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

John Adams (Federalist): 2nd U.S. President (1797-1801)
Juno and Satan: Dogs


Thomas Jefferson

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


James Monroe

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


John Tyler

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


Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce (D): 14th U.S. President (1853-1857)
Seven miniature Oriental dogs


James Buchanan

James Buchanan (D): 15th U.S. President (1857-1861)
Lara: Newfoundland
Punch: Toy Terrier


Abraham Lincoln

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


Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant (R): 18th U.S. President (1869-1877)
Faithful: Newfoundland
Rosie: Dog


Rutherford B. Hayes

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

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


Grover Cleveland

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


Benjamin Harrison

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


Theodore Roosevelt

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

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


Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson (D): 28th U.S. President (1913-1921)
Davie: Airedale Terrier
Mountain Boy: Greyhound
Bruce: Bull Terrier


Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding (R): 29th U.S. President (1921-1923)
Laddie Boy: Airedale Terrier
Old Boy: Bulldog


Calvin Coolige

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

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

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

Harry S. Truman (D): 33rd U.S. President (1945-1953)
Feller: Cocker Spaniel
Mike: Irish Setter


Dwight D. Eisenhower

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


John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

Gerald Ford (R): 38th U.S. President (1974-1977)
Liberty: Golden Retriever
Misty: Liberty’s puppy born in the White House


Jimmy Carter

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

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

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

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

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

Barack Obama (D): 44th U.S. President (2009-Incumbent)
Bo: Portuguese Water Dog (First Dog of the United States)
Sunny: Portuguese Water Dog (August, 2013)

Sources: United States presidential pets, Presidential Portrait (United States)