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Presidential Pets

Even the President of The United States has furry (some not so furry) friends in the White House.  The timeline below shows some of the famous “first pets” throughout the years. 


Barrack Obama 2009-Present

  • Bo & Sunny

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John F. Kennedy 1961-1963

  • Charlie, Caroline Kennedy's Welsh Terrier
  • Gaullie, poodle
  • Pushinka, mutt that was a gift from Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev
  • Shannon, Irish cocker spaniel
  • Wolf, mutt
  • Clipper, German shepherd
  • Tom Kitten, cat
  • Robin, canary
  • Bluebell and Marybelle, parakeets
  • Macaroni, Caroline Kennedy’s pony
  • Tex and Leprechaun, ponies
  • Zsa Zsa, rabbit
  • Sardar, Jacqueline Kennedy’s horse

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933-1945

  • Marjora, Germanr Shepherd
  • Meggie, Scottish terrier
  • Winks, Llewellyn setter
  • Tiny, Old English sheepdog
  • President, Great Dane
  • Fala, famed Scottish terrier
  • Blaze, Elliot Roosevelt’s bullmastiff

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Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881

  • Hector, Newfoundland dog
  • Grim, greyhound
  • Otis, miniature schnauzer
  • Dot, cocker spaniel
  • Juno and Shep, two hunting dogs
  • Siam, first Siamese kitten to reach America
  • Miss Pussy, another Siamese cat
  • Piccolomini, cat
  • A goat
  • Pedigreed Jersey cows
  • Several carriage horses


Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865

  • Family’s beloved dog, Fido (who stayed home in Springfield, Ill.)
  • Ponies belonging to Tad and Willy Lincoln
  • Nanny and Nanko, goats
  • Jack, Tad Lincoln’s turkey
  • Jip, Lincoln’s do
  • Cats, including Tabby and Dixie

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George Washington 1789-1797

  • Samson, Steady, Leonidas, Traveller, Magnolia and other stallions
  • Nelson and Blueskin, horses used during the American Revolution
  • A horse given to Washington by Gen. Braddock
  • Drunkard, Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipsy, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips, and Searcher, all hounds
  • Five French hounds
  • Rozinante, Nellie Custis’s horse
  • A parrot belonging to Mrs. Martha Washington


Some of the more exotic pets include:


Alice Roosevelt (daughter) kept a pet snake, “Emily Spinach” in her pocketbook wherever she went, and would whip it out at unexpected times.


John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the bathtub.

Herbert Hoover’s sons also had pet alligators.