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Posted on 02-15-2017

With President’s Day coming up on Monday we thought we would share a little bit of history with you! Dogs, and other animals, have been a staple in the White House for decades. Here is a timeline of a few of our favorites!

Although many presidents before him had animals, President John Tyler’s (1841-1845) dog Le Beau was one of the first official dogs to live in the White House. Le Beau was an Italian Greyhound.


The next notable dog of the White House was President James Buchanan’s (1857-1861) Newfoundland, Lara. She was the first of many Newfoundland that lived in the White House. Grant (1869-1877), Hayes (1887-1881) and Garfield (1881) all had Newfoundlands as well, there names, Faithful, Hector and Veto respectively.

Many presidents also had entire teams of dogs, Grover Cleveland (1885-1889,1893-1897) being the first. He had dachshunds, cocker spaniels, st. bernards and a collie. Other presidents that also found company in a great number of dogs include, Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) who really had a whole zoo at the White House, Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) who enjoyed collies and terriers and Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) who had a plethora.

One of the first White House dogs to become somewhat popular with the American public was FDR’s Scottish Terrier, Fala. Fala went everywhere with president Roosevelt and is the only White House dog that has a statue in Washington D.C.


Following FDR’s presidency, life in the White House became more public and people got more invested. A few more of the beloved dogs of the White House include Lyndon B. Johnson’s (1963-1969) beagles (Him, Her, Edgar and Freckles), Ronald Reagan’s (1981-1989) Cavalier King Charles Rex and George H. W. Bush’s (1989-1993) Springer Spaniel Millie.

Potentially two of the most famous White House dogs to date are Bo and Sunny, the Obama’s Portuguese Water Dogs. We watched them grow into their roles as first dogs and America was truly sad to see them go.

We’ve seen many a great dog over the years in the White House, and America came to love them all. The next big question is if President Trump will have any pets during his time in office!

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