25 photos of some of the most adorable and well-known dogs to live in the White House

GettyPresident Barack Obama and his dog Bo were very close.
  • Dogs are the most popular pet for a president to have during his time in the White House.
  • Despite the longtime presidential tradition, President Donald Trump has yet to bring a dog into the White House, saying after two years in office that he would feel “a little phony doing so.”

Dogs have been the most popular pet for a president to have during his time in the White House – 30 of the 44 presidents have had at least one dog in the West Wing.

The first to have had a dog during his presidency was George Washington, while Barack Obama most recently had two dogs during his presidency.

So far, President Donald Trump has yet to have a pet since entering the White House, and shows no sign of changing his pet ownership status, making him the most recent president to not have a dog in the White House since William McKinley over 100 years ago.

Here are 25 photos of some of the most adorable and well-known canines to grace the Oval Office.

Grover Cleveland’s cocker spaniel named Gallagher had a brown coat and ears of “inconvenient length.”

Source: America Comes Alive

Warren Harding’s terrier, named Laddie Boy, was six months old when he moved into the White House.

Source: America Comes Alive

Calvin Coolidge’s collie Rob Roy was named after the popular cocktail.

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesPresident Calvin Coolidge stands outdoors with his wife Grace, their two sons, and their pet white collie Rob Roy in the 1920s.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Herbert Hoover had a Belgian shepherd named King Tut, who would patrol the gates of the White House on a nightly basis. He also helped Hoover get elected, appearing in a campaign photo.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum, The Hoover Presidential Library

Franklin Roosevelt’s German shepherd, Major, used to chase the White House maids around.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

FDR also had a Scottish terrier named Fala that would often accompany the president on his travels.

Source: BarkPost

Harry Truman gave away his dog, a cocker spaniel named Feller, to a family physician because he was not a dog lover.

White House photo

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave John F. Kennedy a dog named Pushinka as a gift.

Source: BBC

Other than Pushinka, JFK had eight dogs, including his German shepherd named Clipper.

Source: JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Two of Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagles, Him and Her, were frequently on the receiving end of the president pulling their long ears.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

One of Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagles named Kimberly was given to his daughter Luci.

Source: America Comes Alive

Luci also got another one of his beagles named Freckles.

Source: America Comes Alive

LBJ found his fifth dog, a terrier mix named Yuki, at a Texas gas station on Thanksgiving in 1966.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Richard Nixon’s three dogs were an Irish setter named King Timahoe, a poodle named Vicki, and a terrier named Pasha.

Source: America Comes Alive

Gerald Ford and his daughter Susan had a golden retriever named Liberty. Susan got Liberty as a surprise for her father when she was a puppy. Years later, Liberty had nine puppies of her own.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Jimmy Carter had a border collie mix named Grits that was born on the same day Carter was elected president.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Ronald Reagan had two White House dogs. The one seen here was a Bouvier des Flandres named Lucky that Nancy Reagan received as a gift in 1984.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Reagan’s other dog in the White House was a Charles Spaniel named Rex.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

George H.W. Bush had two Springer Spaniels, Millie and Ranger.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Bill Clinton named his chocolate Labrador retriever Buddy after his great-uncle.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

George W. Bush and his first dog in the White House, an English Springer Spaniel named Spot, was one of Millie’s puppies.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident George W. Bush waves as he walks toward the Oval Office with his dog Spot September 23, 2002 in Washington, DC.

Source: Presidential Pet Museum

Bush also had two Scottish Terriers named Barney and Miss Beazley, who were separated in age by four years.

Evan Sisley-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident George W. Bush waves as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House with his dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, August 13, 2006 in Washington, DC.

Source: George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Obamas had two famous Portuguese Water dogs named Bo and Sunny.

Source: The Washington Post

Bo often exercised and played with the president.

Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaPresident Barack Obama runs down the East Colonnade with family dog, Bo, on the dog’s initial visit to the White House, March 15, 2009. Bo came back to live at the White House in April.

Source: White House

Bo and Sunny were so popular that they apparently had official White House schedules for all of their appearances.

President Barack Obama and Bo in the Oval Office.

Source: PBS

Donald Trump bucked White House tradition when he went two years in office without a dog.

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty ImagesTrump returns to the White House after receiving his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on February 8, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump told a crowd in February 2018 that though he “wouldn’t mind having one,” he doesn’t have any time and getting a dog to improve his image would feel “a little phony.”

Source: Business Insider

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