U.S. Presidents and Their Pets


Since the founding of the United States, every Commander-in-Chief has had a companion from the animal kingdom while in office. In honor of Presidents Day, we compiled a list of U.S. Presidents and their pets.

George Washington owned more than a half-dozen horses and 15 dogs. His wife, Martha Washington, kept a parrot as a pet.

John Adams was the first president to live in the White House. His dogs were the first to run on the White House lawn. President Adams liked to give pets unusual names such as Juno, Satan, and Cleopatra.

Thomas Jefferson had two grizzly bear cubs, a mockingbird named Dick, and a horse name Caractacus.

John Quincy Adams was the proud owner an alligator who took up residence in the White House bathroom.

Andrew Jackson was an avid horse lover. He also had a parrot named Poll who could swear like a sailor.

Abraham Lincoln loved animals so much that besides owning dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and goats, he had a pet pig.

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was a passionate animal lover who kept dogs, cats, horses, birds, snakes, and rats. He also had a collection of exotic animals that included a lion, a hyena, five bears and a zebra among others.

Herbert Hoover kept two alligators in the White House. The gators were allowed to roam around the White House grounds.

John F. Kennedy was the proud pet parent of several dogs, cats, ponies, parakeets, and hamsters.

Ronald Reagan had a wide variety of dogs including a Bouvier des Flanders, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, a golden retriever and a Belgian sheepdog. In addition, Reagan loved horses which he kept on his ranch.

Bill Clinton enjoyed the company of a cat named Socks, and a chocolate Labrador retriever who went by the name of Buddy, during his terms in office.

Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dogs: Bo and Sunny kept him company while serving in the oval office.

Donald Trump has not officially elected a pet to accompany him during his tenure as Commander in Chief at the time of this writing. It is rumored that he might appoint a golden-doodle (golden retriever/poodle hybrid) named Patton.

As you can tell regardless of their political leanings, all presidents are member of the Pet Parent Party.

Can’t find your favorite president and his pet on this list?

Take a virtual visit of the Presidential Pet Museum by copying and pasting this URL into your web browser http://presidentialpetmuseum.com/

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