White House Pets (1953-Present)

BROWSE: 1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present

President Barack Obama, 2009-present (bio)

Bo, Portuguese water dog
Sunny, also a Portuguese water dog

President George W. Bush, 2001-2009 (bio)

Miss Beazley, Scottish terrier
Spot, English springer spaniel, offspring of Millie
Barney, Scottish terrier
India “Willie,” cat
Ofelia, longhorn cow at ranch

President Bill Clinton, 1993-2001 (bio)

Socks the cat
Buddy, chocolate Labrador retriever

President George H.W. Bush, 1989-1993 (bio)

Millie, English springer spaniel
Ranger, one of Millie’s puppies; often called Bush’s favorite dog

President Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989 (bio)

Lucky, Bouvier des Flandres
Rex, Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Victory, golden retriever
Peggy, Irish setter
Taca, Siberian husky
Fuzzy, Belgian sheepdog
Horses at ranch

President Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981 (bio)

Grits, border collie given to Amy Carter by her teacher (and soon returned)
Lewis Brown, Afghan hound
Misty Malarky Ying Yang, Amy Carter’s Siamese cat

President Gerald Ford, 1974-1977 (bio)

Liberty, golden retriever who had a litter of pups while at the White House
Misty, one of Liberty’s puppys
Lucky, dog
Shan, Susan Ford’s Siamese cat

President Richard Nixon, 1969-1974 (bio)

Checkers, Richard Nixon’s dog while vice president
Vicky, poodle
Pasha, terrier
King Timahoe, Irish setter

President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969 (bio)

Him and Her, beagles
Edgar and Freckles, also beagles
Blanco, collie
The famous Yuki, mixed-breed dog

President John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963 (bio)

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
Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, Streaker, Pushinka and Charlie’s puppies
Tom Kitten, cat
Robin, canary
Bluebell and Marybelle, parakeets
Macaroni, Caroline Kennedy’s pony
Tex and Leprechaun, ponies
Debbie and Billie, hamsters
Zsa Zsa, rabbit
Sardar, Jacqueline Kennedy’s horse

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961 (bio)

Heidi, Weimaraner
Parakeet named Gabby, buried in 1957 at the southwest corner of the executive mansion

Previous Presidents

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1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present