The Ruff Life of First Dogs

Although Presidents’ Day was set aside to celebrate past and current presidents, it’s also a chance to celebrate their furry four-legged sidekicks!

After all, dogs are what help make life (and the presidency!) less stressful.

Did you Know?

Here are some fun facts about the dogs who have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

  • President Roosevelt’s dog, Fala, had his own press secretary
  • President Johnson’s Beagles made the cover of Life magazine
  • The Kennedy family had nine dogs, despite President John F. Kennedy’s allergy to them
  • President Washington had some interesting names for his dogs, including Drunkard, Tipsy, and Sweetlips
  • Laddie Boy, President Harding’s Airedale, had his own seat at Cabinet meetings
  • English Springer Spaniel Spotty was the only pet to live in the White House during two separate administrations—President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush
  • President Joe Biden’s dog, Major, is the White House’s very first rescue dog!


Check out some of the images of the Presidential Pups below!

  • President George H. W. Bush’s English Springer Spaniel Millie and her puppies
  • The Ford family’s Golden Retriever Liberty with her new litter of nine puppies
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt with his faithful dog Fala
  • President George W. Bush’s English Springer Spaniels, Barney and Miss Beazley
  • Amy Carter with the family dog, Grits

Thanks to the newest member of our Pack, Lisa Sporte, for the interesting read.

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