List of Presidents who owned dogs whilst in office

Last modified: December 22, 2022

A dog is a man’s best friend, and it seems that it is also a president’s best friend.

The following is a list of presidents who owned dogs while in office (and an alligator!). Most of the dogs lived in the White House.

  • George Washington owned several dogs, including dogs of the American Foxhound, Black and Tan Coonhound, and Greyhound breeds.
  • John Quincy Adams owned an alligator, which he kept in a bathroom in the White House.
  • Andrew Jackson owned several dogs, including a Mastiff and a Greyhound.
  • Abraham Lincoln owned several dogs, including a Greyhound and a mixed breed named Fido.
  • Theodore Roosevelt owned several dogs, including a Saint Bernard named Pete and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Sailor Boy.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt owned several dogs, including a Scottish Terrier named Fala and a Great Dane named Meggie.

    statue of FDR with dog
    One of FDR’s many dogs he owned.

  • Harry S. Truman owned a Cocker Spaniel named Feller.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower owned a Weimaraner named Heidi.
  • John F. Kennedy owned a Welsh Terrier named Charlie and a Poodle named Pushinka.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson owned several dogs, including a Beagle named Him and a Mutt named Yuki.
  • Richard Nixon owned a Cocker Spaniel named Checkers.
  • Gerald Ford owned a Golden Retriever named Liberty.
  • Jimmy Carter owned a Border Collie named Grits.
  • Ronald Reagan owned a Bouvier des Flandres named Lucky and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Rex.
  • George H. W. Bush owned a Springer Spaniel named Millie and a Scottish Terrier named Ranger.
  • Bill Clinton owned a Labrador Retriever named Buddy and a Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Socks.
  • George W. Bush owned a Scottish Terrier named Barney and an English Springer Spaniel named Miss Beazley.
  • Barack Obama owned two Portuguese Water Dogs named Bo and Sunny.

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