The White House can be a lonely and stressful place. Maybe that’s why so many of our presidents have had dogs as their companions. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said “The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more so when one is so far removed from home…. I have a Scottie. In him I find consolation and diversion… he is the “one person” to whom I can talk without the conversation coming back to war.”

32 of our U.S. presidents have undoubtedly found comfort in the loyalty, friendship, and unconditional love of “man’s best friend.”

In honor of President’s Day – here’s a list of them:

George Washington

George Washington

George Washington: 1st U.S. President (1789-1797)
Sweet Lips, Scentwell and Vulcan: American Staghounds
Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy: Black and Tan Coonhounds

John Adams: 2nd U.S. President (1797-1801)
Juno and Satan: Dogs

Thomas Jefferson: 3rd U.S. President (1801-1809)
Buzzy and unknown: Briards

James Monroe: 5th U.S. President (1817-1825)
Buddy: Spaniel

John Tyler: 10th U.S. President (1841-1845)
Le Beau: Italian Greyhound

Franklin Pierce: 14th U.S. President (1853-1857)
Seven miniature Oriental dogs

Abe Lincoln and Fido

Abe Lincoln and Fido

James Buchanan: 15th U.S. President (1857-1861)
Lara: Newfoundland
Punch: Toy Terrier

Abraham Lincoln: 16th U.S. President (1861-1865)
Fido: Dog

Ulysses S. Grant: 18th U.S. President (1869-1877)
Faithful: Newfoundland
Rosie: Dog

Rutherford B. Hayes: 19th U.S. President (1877-1881)
Dot: Cocker Spaniel
Hector: Newfoundland
Duke: English Mastiff
Grim: Greyhound
Juno and Shep: Hunting dogs
Jet: Dog

James A. Garfield: 20th U.S. President (1881-1881)
Veto: Dog

Grover Cleveland: 22nd & 24th U.S. President (1885-89/1893-97)
Poodle

Benjamin Harrison: 23rd U.S. President (1889-1893)
Dash: Collie

Teddy Roosevelt & His Terriers

Teddy Roosevelt & His Terriers

Theodore Roosevelt: 26th U.S. President (1901-1909)
Pete: Bull Terrier
Skip: Rat Terrier
Jack and Peter: Terriers
Blackjack: Manchester Terrier
Manchu: Pekingese
Rollo: Saint Bernard
Sailor Boy: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Gem and Susan: Dogs

William Howard Taft: 27th U.S. President (1909-1913)
Caruso: Dog

Woodrow Wilson: 28th U.S. President (1913-1921)
Davie: Airedale Terrier
Mountain Boy: Greyhound
Bruce: Bull Terrier

Harding & Laddie Boy

Harding & Laddie Boy

Warren G. Harding: 29th U.S. President (1921-1923)
Laddie Boy: Airedale Terrier
Old Boy: Bulldog

Calvin Coolidge: 30th U.S. President (1923-1929)
Rob Roy and Prudence Prim: White Collies
Peter Pan: Terrier
Paul Pry: Airedale Terrier
Calamity Jane: Shetland Sheepdog
Tiny Tim and Blackberry: Chow Chows
Ruby Rouch: Collie
Boston Beans: Bulldog
King Cole: German Shepherd
Palo Alto: Bird dog
Bessie: Collie

Herbert Hoover and King Tut

Herbert Hoover and King Tut

Herbert Hoover: 31st U.S. President (1929-1933)
King Tut: Belgian Shepherd
Pat: German Shepherd
Big Ben and Sonnie: Fox Terriers
Glen: Scotch Collie
Yukonan: Eskimo dog
Patrick: Irish Wolfhound
Eaglehurst Gillette: Setter
Weejie: Norwegian Elkhound

Franklin D. Roosevelt: 32nd U.S. President (1933-1945)
Fala: Scottish Terrier
Majora: German Shepherd
Meggie: Scottish Terrier
Winks: Llewellyn Setter
Tiny: Old English Sheepdog
President: Great Dane
Blaze: Mastiff

Roosevelt said, “you can criticize me, my wife and my family, but you can’t criticize my little dog. He’s Scotch and all these allegations about spending all this money have just made his little soul furious.”

Truman's Feller

Truman’s Feller

Harry S. Truman: 33rd U.S. President (1945-1953)
Feller: Cocker Spaniel
Mike: Irish Setter

Dwight D. Eisenhower: 34th U.S. President (1953-1961)
Heidi: Weimaraner

Kennedy and his dogs

Kennedy and his dogs

John F. Kennedy: 35th U.S. President (1961-1963)
Pushinka: Mutt (gift of Russian premier)
Shannon: Irish Cocker Spaniel
Wolf: (Mutt, possibly part Wolfhound and Schnauzer)
Clipper: German Shepherd
Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, and Streaker: Offspring of Pushinka and Charlie (his daughter Caroline’s Welsh Terrier)

Lyndon B. Johnson: 36th U.S. President (1963-1969)
Him and Her: Beagles (Him was the subject of controversy; in 1964, President Johnson lifted the dog up by its ears, claiming “it’s good for [him].”)
Edgar: Beagle
Blanco: White Collie
Freckles: Beagle
Yuki: Mongrel

Nixons Dogs

Nixon’s Dogs

Richard M. Nixon: 37th U.S. President (1969-1974)
Vicki: Poodle
Pasha: Terrier
King Timahoe: Irish Setter
Checkers: Cocker Spaniel (Checkers died while Nixon was vice-president, before becoming president, but had played a major role in his electoral career with the “Checkers speech”)

Ford and Liberty

Ford and Liberty

Gerald Ford: 38th U.S. President (1974-1977)
Liberty: Golden Retriever
Misty: Liberty’s puppy born in the White House

Jimmy Carter: 39th U.S. President (1977-1981)
Grits: Border Collie (given to his daughter Amy by her teacher, but quickly returned)
Lewis Brown: Afghan Hound

Ronald Reagan: 40th U.S. President (1981-1989)*
Lucky: Bouvier des Flandres
Rex: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (First Dog of the United States)
Victory: Golden Retriever
Peggy: Irish Setter
Taca: Siberian Husky
Fuzzy: Belgian sheepdog

Bush and Millie

Bush and Millie

George H. W. Bush: 41st U.S. President (1989-1993)
Millie: Springer Spaniel (First Dog of the United States)
Ranger: One of Millie’s puppies

Bill Clinton: 42nd U.S. President (1993-2001)
Buddy: Bill’s chocolate Labrador Retriever (First Dog of the United States)

George W. Bush: 43rd U.S. President (2001-2009)
Spot “Spotty” Fetcher (Female English Springer Spaniel named after Scott Fletcher; puppy of Millie)
Barney: Scottish Terrier (First Dog of the United States)
Miss Beazley: Scottish Terrier; Nicknamed “Beazley Weazley”; 2005 birthday gift from George to his wife.

Obama and Bo

Obama and Bo

Barack Obama: 44th U.S. President (2009-Incumbent)
Bo: Portuguese Water Dog (First Dog of the United States)

*Marks the introduction of the term “First Dog of the United States”