White House Dogs and Their Presidents

The White House Dogs have been from every AKC group.

The America Kennel Club took a look back at the various dogs who occupied our nation's most famous home. "It's no surprise that presidents love their dogs. Dogs give unconditional love and can even help reduce stress levels," said Gail Miller, Director of Media Relations, AKC.

I've also included a link to the Obama Dog, although as of this writing they haven't officially gotten one, they have made a choice as to the Breed.

  • George Washington, the father of our nation, is also the father of American Foxhounds. His hounds were the first White House Dogs, carefully bred and maintained are the founders of today's American Foxhound.
  • Thomas Jefferson became interested in Briards while serving as minister to France. He purchased a pregnant female named "Buzzy" and started his breeding program. Lafayette also sent Jefferson purebred dogs -- two Briards to help protect his sheep.
  • James Buchanan's large Newfoundland, "Lara," was a celebrity around. This White House Dog would lay motionless for hours with one eye opened and one eye closed, always sure to keep an eye on her owner.
  • John Tyler bought his wife an Italian Greyhound named "Le Beau."
  • Ulysses Grant's son, Jesse, owned a Newfoundland named "Faithful." President Grant, having observed his son's heartbreak over the untimely deaths of several of his previous dogs, told his White House staff, "If this dog dies, every employee in the White House will be at once discharged."
  • Rutherford B. Hayes owned these White House Dogs; a Cocker Spaniel named "Dot," a Newfoundland named "Hector," a Greyhound named "Grim," and an English Mastiff named "Deke."
  • Grover Cleveland owned a Poodle (although some reports say it was a Pekingese)
  • Benjamin Harrison owned a Collie named "Dash."
  • Theodore Roosevelt owned a St. Bernard named "Rollo," a Pekingese named "Manchu," a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named "Sailor Boy," a Manchester Terrier named "Blackjack," and, a Bull Terrier named "Pete," who ripped the pants of a French Ambassador.

President Harding with Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy

  • Warren Harding This president was a true dog lover. He owned a Bulldog named "Oh Boy," and an Airedale Terrier named "Laddie Boy." "Laddie Boy" not only had his own hand-carved cabinet chair to oversee high-level meetings, but also invited all the neighborhood dogs to the White House for his birthday party, where they dined on dog biscuit birthday cake. "Laddie Boy" is even immortalized with a statue in the Smithsonian.
  • Calvin Coolidge owned three Collies, "Prudence Prim," "Rob Roy" and "Ruby Rough," an Airedale Terrier named "Paul Pry," two Chow Chows named "Blackberry" and "Tiny Tim," a Bulldog named "Boston Beans," an Old English Sheepdog named "Calamity Jane" and a Wire Fox Terrier named "Peter Pan."
  • Herbert Hoover owned two Fox Terriers named "Big Ben" and "Sonnie," an Elkhound named "Weejie," an Irish Wolfhound named "Patrick," and a German Shepherd named "King Tut."
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier "Fala" reportedly received more fan mail than many presidents did. FDR also had a Bullmastiff named "Blaze," two Irish Setters named "Jack" and "Jill," a Bulldog named "Pal," an English Setter named "Winks," another Scottish Terrier named "Meggie," a German Shepherd Dog named "Major," and a Great Dane named "President," which made things confusing in the White House.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower owned two Scottish Terriers named "Caacie" and "Telek," and a Weimaraner named "Heidi."
  • John F. Kennedy owned a Welsh Terrier named "Charlie," an Irish Wolfhound aptly named "Wolf," a German Shepherd Dog named "Clipper," and an English Cocker Spaniel named "Shannon."
  • Lyndon B. Johnson owned three Beagles named "Him," "Her," and "Edgar." (Both "Him" and "Her" appeared on the cover of Life magazine.) He also shared the White House with "Blanco" the Collie.
  • Richard Nixon owned a Cocker Spaniel named "Checkers," a Yorkshire Terrier named "Pasha," a Poodle named "Vicky," and, an Irish Setter named "King Timahoe."
  • President Ford with Golden Retriever, Liberty

  • Gerald Ford's White House Dog was a Golden Retriever named "Liberty."



  • President Clinton with Chocolate Labradore Retriever, Buddy

  • Bill Clinton owned a Chocolate Labrador Retriever named "Buddy."



  • President Reagan with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rex

  • Ronald Reagan owned a Bouvier des Flandres named "Lucky," and, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named "Rex."



  • George Bush owned an English Springer Spaniel named "Millie," who is the author of a dogobiography, "Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush".
  • President George W. Bush with Scottish Terrier, Barney

  • George W. Bush owned an English Springer Spaniel named "Spot" (daughter to Millie) and now owns 2 Scottish Terriers named "Barney" and “Beazley”.






Photos and video footage of the different breeds may be found by visiting the American Kennel Club website at: www.akc.org

As the election nears I wonder who will be the next White House Dog? If either candidate owns a Chihuahua it might help me decide!!

Can you imagine the President of the United States sitting in the oval office with a Chihuahua in his lap (that's how I work), what an awesome photo op that would be.

Newly elected "President OBama" has chosen the new White House Dog, admittedly not my choice (not being political here), a Chihuahua would be an excellent Choice.

What kind of dog are the Obamas getting and when? Read about Obama Dog Choice; Oh well, you can't win em all!!!

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