The White House Woofs

Whether you are a common man or The President of the United States, a furry friend is all you need to make your day better. On this Presidents’ Day, let’s look at some of the famous canines in history.

1) President George Washington

President Washington was well known in history for being passionate about hunting and his dogs. He wanted to create a pack of superior hunting hounds and he even kept written accounts of his dog breeding program. He eventually developed a new breed of foxhound he called “Virginia Hounds”. Along with Virginia Hounds, Washington also had Greyhounds, Dalmatians, Spaniels, Terriers, Newfoundlands, Briards, and a Poodle. All his dogs had a special place in his life and he gave them names like Truelove, Venus, Lady, Music, Chloe, Sweet Lips, Tippler, Tipsy, Drunkard, Searcher, and Vulcan. The president had more than 50 dogs in his lifetime.

2) President Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Roosevelt loved dogs so much that he had seven of them in his company. But the most famous one out of all the dogs is Fala, a Scottish Terrier puppy. Fala was not only his favorite but he also traveled with President on his overseas visits. His popularity was so huge that MGM made two films about him.

3) President George W. Bush

President Bush had a total of three dogs. Two Scottish Terriers, named Miss Beazley and Barney and an English springer spaniel named Spot. Among the dogs, Barney was the ever-so-popular one. He had an official website that featured “Barneycam” videos that were filmed from a camera hung around his neck. Some of those videos are available for viewing on the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum website or Barney’s personal White House website.

4) President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Johnson’s dog is well known for his singing capabilities. Yuki, a mixed breed dog was a rescue found by LBJ’s daughter, Luci, at a gas station in Texas on Thanksgiving Day. The president loved his dog so much that he and Yuki used to swim together, sleep together, and even danced together at his daughter’s wedding.

5) President John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy had three dogs named Shannon, Clipper, Charlie, and Wolf. Kennedy’s loved their dogs and President Kennedy is no exception. He even built a special play area near the West Wing.  J.F.K. was also the first president to request that his dogs meet him when arrived at the White House in the presidential helicopter.

6) President Barack Obama

The list cannot be complete without including Obama’s. Obama’s owned two Portuguese Waterdogs namely Bo and Sunny. President Obama promised his daughters that they would get a dog after the presidential election regardless of the results. Bo was a gift from Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife; Sunny was adopted in 2013. The pups were very famous among the civilians that they were often asked for pictures.  They even had active schedules filled with photo shoots and grounds crew.

7) President Joe Biden

President Biden’s puppy, Commander, a pure-bred German Shepherd, joins the White House after the death of their dog Champ. This cute fur friend was presented to the President for his birthday by James Biden and sister-in-law Sara Biden. Another pet, Major, a rescued German Shepherd, is living out of the White House after an aggressive incident inside the white house.



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