The list of animals who have lived in the White House is long and illustrious. It includes two bear cubs (Jefferson), an alligator (Quincy Adams — the gator lived in a bathtub and terrified guests), tiger cubs (Congress made Martin Van Buren turn them over to a zoo), bald eagles (Buchanan), a snake (Teddy Roosevelt), lots of goats, sheep, and COWS (multiple presidents were into this — the last cow to wander the grounds was Pauline Wayne, who was Howard Taft’s pet), and John Adams’ mixed-breed mutt, whom he named Satan.
George Washington also had 12 hound mixes, and while photos aren’t available, we think it’s important you know their names were Drunkard, Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipsy, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips, and Searcher. So that’s pretty amazing.
Photos don’t exist of many of the White House pets (including James Garfield’s newfie, hilariously named Veto), but we tracked down some of the more recent presidential canines for you. So without further ado, and in no particular order, we give you… The Dogs of the White House.
Yuki (Lyndon Johnson)
Barney (George W. Bush)
“Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend.” — George W. Bush
Rob Roy and Prudence Prim (Calvin Coolidge)
Buddy (Bill Clinton)
“When we moved to Washington from Little Rock, we brought our family traditions, favorite pictures, and personal mementos to make the White House feel more comfortable. But it wasn’t until Socks arrived with his toy mouse and Buddy walked in with his rawhide bone that this house became a home. Pets have a way of doing that.” — Hillary Clinton
Heidi (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Heidi the Weimaraner had herself a little accident on an expensive White House rug during Eisenhower’s presidency… and we mean really expensive. It was worth $20,000 at the time, which is now something like $160,000. She was sent to live on the Eisenhower family farm in Gettysburg after that.
Even so, Ike wrote that Heidi was, “definitely an asset to life in the White House. She cavorts on the South Lawn at a great rate, with such important projects as chasing squirrels and investigating what might be under bushes.”
Bo (Barack Obama)
Murray the Outlaw of Falahill, aka “Fala” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Fala was so beloved that he had a bone delivered to him each morning on the side of FDR’s breakfast tray. He also received so much fan mail that he needed to have a secretary appointed to him to help answer all the correspondence.
Millie (George H. W. Bush)
“My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos,” Bush said during his failed bid for re-election, referring to Bill Clinton and Al Gore. (She does look pretty smart.)
King Tut (Herbert Hoover)
So. Many. Dogs. (John F. Kennedy)
The Kennedy family had a lot of dogs with them at the White House, but perhaps the most famous was Pushinka, who was a gift to Caroline from Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. Pushinka (Russian for “Fluffy”) was a puppy of Strelka, a Soviet space dog that orbited the planet aboard Sputnik 2.