Presidential Pets

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During his election night victory speech, President Elect Barack Obama promised his two young daughters a puppy to bring with them to the White House.

According to the Presidential Pet Museum, most of our nation's leaders had some sort of pet during the time they were in office.

From the traditional dogs and cats, to the offbeat tiger cubs and alligators, each President had his individual pet style.

Take a look at these past presidential pets!

Barack Obama

  • Bo Didley - Portuguese Water Dog

George W. Bush

  • Spot Fetcher - English Springer Spaniel (one of Millie's puppies - see George H. W. Bush below)
  • Barney and Miss Beazley - Scottish Terriers
  • India "Willie" - cat

Bill Clinton

  • Socks - Chelsea's cat
  • Buddy - Bill's chocolate Labrador Retriever

George H. W. Bush

  • Millie - Springer Spaniel
  • Ranger - one of Millie's puppies

Ronald Reagan

  • Lucky - Bouvier des Flandres
  • Rex - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Jimmy Carter

  • Grits - dog
  • Misty Malarky Ying Yang - Siamese cat

Gerald Ford

  • Liberty - Golden Retriever
  • Misty - (Liberty's puppy born in the White House)
  • Shan - Siamese cat

Richard Nixon

  • Checkers - Cocker Spaniel
  • Vicky - Poodle
  • Pasha - Terrier
  • King Timahoe - Irish Setter

Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Beagle and Little Beagle - beagles
  • Him and Her - beagles
  • Blanco - white Collie
  • Yuki - mongrel dog
  • Hamsters and lovebirds

John F. Kennedy

  • Charlie - Welsh Terrier
  • Tom Kitten - cat
  • Robin - canary
  • Bluebell and Marybelle - parakeets
  • Macaroni - pony
  • Tex and Leprechaun - ponies
  • Debbie and Billie - hamsters
  • Pushinka - mutt
  • 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)
  • Zsa Zsa - a rabbit
  • Sardar - horse

Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Heidi - Weimaraner

Harry S. Truman

  • Feller - Cocker Spaniel [1]
  • Mike - Irish Setter

Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Fala - Scottish Terrier
  • Major - German Shepherd
  • Meggie - Scottish Terrier
  • Winks - Llewellyn Setter
  • Tiny - Old English Sheepdog
  • President - Great Dane
  • Blaze - Mastiff

Herbert Hoover

  • King Tut and Pat - German Shepherds
  • Big Ben and Sonnie - Fox Terriers
  • Glen - Scotch Collie
  • Yukon - Eskimo dog
  • Patrick - Irish Wolfhound
  • Eaglehurst Gillette - Setter
  • Weejie - Norwegian Elkhound
  • 2 Alligators

Calvin Coolidge

  • Rob Roy and Prudence Prim - White collies
  • Paul Pry - Airedale Terrier
  • Calamity Jane - Shetland Sheepdog
  • Boston Beans - Bulldog
  • Palo Alto - Birddog
  • Rebecca and Horace - Raccoons
  • Ebeneezer - Donkey
  • Enoch - Goose
  • Smoky - Bobcat
  • Tiger - cat
  • Wallaby
  • Two lion cubs
  • Antelope
  • Billy - Pygmy hippo

Warren G. Harding

  • Laddie Boy - Airedale Terrier

Woodrow Wilson

  • Old Ike - Ram
  • Puffins - Cat
  • Mountain Boy - Greyhound
  • Bruce - Bull Terrier
  • songbirds
  • sheep

William Howard Taft

  • Caruso - Dog
  • Mooly Wooly and Pauline Wayne - Cows

Theodore Roosevelt

  • Pete - Bull Terrier
  • Skip - Rat Terrier
  • Blackjack - Manchester Terrier
  • Manchu - Pekingese
  • Rollo - Saint Bernard
  • Sailor Boy - Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Tom Quartz and Slippers - Cats
  • Emily Spinach - Garter snake
  • Algonquin - Pony
  • Maude - Pig
  • Josiah - Badger
  • Jonathan - Piebald rat
  • Dr. Johnson, Bishop Doane, Fighting Bob Evans, and Father O'Grady - Guinea pigs
  • Baron Spreckle - Hen
  • Eli Yale - Macaw
  • Fedelity - Pony
  • Gem and Susan - Dogs
  • A one-legged rooster

William McKinley

  • Washington Post - Yellow-headed Mexican parrot
  • Valeriano Weyler and Enrique DeLome - Angora kittens
  • Roosters

Benjamin Harrison

  • Whiskers - Goat
  • Dash - Collie
  • Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection - Opossums

Grover Cleveland

  • poodle
  • mockingbirds

James A. Garfield

  • Kit - Horse
  • Veto - Dog

Rutherford B. Hayes

  • Dot - Cocker Spaniel
  • Hector - Newfoundland
  • Duke - English mastiff
  • Grim - Greyhound
  • Juno and Shep - Hunting dogs
  • Jet - Dog
  • Piccolomini - Cat
  • Miss Pussy - Siamese Cat

Ulysses S. Grant

  • Butcher Boy, Cincinnatus (a gift from the citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio), Egypt, Jeff Davis (his wartime mount), Jennie, Julia, Mary and St. Louis - Horses
  • Billy Button and Reb - Ponies
  • Faithful - Newfoundland
  • Rosie - Dog

Andrew Johnson

  • Fed white mice he found in his bedroom

Abraham Lincoln

  • Nanny and Nanko - goats
  • Jack - Turkey[2])
  • Fido - Dog
  • Horse
  • Rabbit

James Buchanan

  • Lara - Newfoundland
  • Punch - Toy terrier
  • Eagle

Franklin Pierce

  • Seven miniature Oriental dogs
  • Two birds from Japan

Millard Fillmore

  • Mason and Dixon - Ponies

Zachary Taylor

  • Old Whitey - Horse

James K. Polk

  • Horse

John Tyler

  • Le Beau - Italian Greyhound
  • Johnny Ty - Canary
  • The General - Horse

William Henry Harrison

  • Sukey - Cow
  • Goat

Martin Van Buren

  • Briefly owned two tiger cubs

Andrew Jackson

  • Pol - parrot
  • Fighting cocks
  • Bolivia, Emily, Lady Nashville, Sam Patches and Truxton - Horses

John Quincy Adams

  • American Alligator
  • Silkworms

James Monroe

  • Spaniel

James Madison

  • Macaw - Parrot

Thomas Jefferson

  • Dick, Mockingbird
  • Buzzy and unknown - Briards (dogs)
  • 2 Bear Cubs

John Adams

  • Juno and Satan - Dogs
  • Cleopatra - Horse

George Washington

  • Sweet Lips, Scentwell and Vulcan - Staghounds
  • Drunkard, Taster, Tipler and Tipsy - Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Royal Gift - Donkey
  • Nelson - Horse

Source: Presidential Pet Museum