United States Presidential Pet Names 1789 to Present

President Gerald Ford and Liberty in the Oval Office in 1974

Silkworms, Tiger Cubs and Fighting Cocks 1789 to Present

With the 2012 presidential campaign winding down and election eve looming, we are all by now (save perhaps those mysterious remaining undecided voters) acquainted with the issues facing our country: jobs (the wonks suggest we need more of them), balancing the budget, foreign policy, immigration reform, healthcare reform, marriage (the pundits suggest we need less of them), Supreme Court appointments, energy policy, education and the very role of government.

But there has been one very important issue that has not received as much as attention as it deserves in either the “liberal-biased media” or “the right wing echo chamber” AKA “the friends of Fox & Friends,” and that is the all-important issue of which direction this country will go in selecting its next Presidential Pet. Will it be another four years of freewheeling “Bo the Portuguese Water Dog”? Or will we “Take A New Path Of Bold, Aggressive Change” and consider anĀ American Bison, Boar, Bush Baby, Chimpanzee, Cobra, Cormorant, Dolphin, Echidna, Emu, Flamingo, Gnat, Hedgehog, Hyena, Jackal, Jellyfish, Lapwing, Lemur, Llama, Loris, Mallard, Narwhal, Oryx, Ostrich, Partridge, Platypus, Reindeer, Sand Dollar, Sardine, Shrew, Stinkbug, Termite, Vulture, Walrus, Woodpecker, Wren or perhaps a Yak for our nation’s new “First Pet.”

Such strangeness has happened before. Surfing the historical record, I discovered John Quincy Adams’ “First Silkworm,” Martin Van Buren’s “First Tiger Cub,” Andrew Jackson’s “First Fighting Cock,” Andrew Johnson’s “First White Mouse,” Grover Cleveland’s “First Mockingbirds,” Benjamin Harrison’s “First Opossum,” Theodore Roosevelt’s “First Garter Snake,” Woodrow Wilson’s “First Ram,” Calvin Coolidge’s “First Pygmy Hippo,” Herbert Hoover’s “First Crocodile” and George W. Bush’s “First Longhorn.”

And once our leadership has decided on a creature worthy of such a station, there will always be the name to consider. So, we have taken this opportunity to provide the next President with some historical context. Happy naming.

United States Presidential Pet Names 1789 to Present

Admiral Dewey — guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Algonquin — pony; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Barney — dog, Scottish Terrier; President: George W. Bush, 2001-2009, Republican.

Baron Spreckle — guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Bessie — dog; Collie; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Big Ben — dog; Fox Terrier; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Billie — hamster; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Billy — Pygmy hippo; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Billy Button — pony; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Bishop Doane — guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Blackberry — dog; Chow Chows; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Blackie — dog; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Blackjack — dog, Manchester Terrier; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Blanco — dog, White Collie; President: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, Democratic.

Blaze — dog; Bullmastiff; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Bluebell — bird, parakeet; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Bo — dog, Portuguese Water Dog; President: Barack Obama, 2009-Incumbent, Democratic.

Bolivia — horse; Master/President: President: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837, Democratic.

Boston Beans — dog; Bulldog; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Bruce — dog; Bull Terrier President: Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921, Democratic.

Buddy — dog, Labrador Retriever; President: Bill Clinton, 1993-2001, Democratic.

Budget Bureau – lion cub; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Butcher Boy — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Butterfly — dog; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Buzzy — dog, Briards; President: Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809, Democratic / Republican.

Calamity Jane — dog; Shetland Sheepdog; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Caractacus — horse; President: Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809, Democratic / Republican.

Caruso — dog; President: William Howard Taft, 1909-1913, Republican.

Charlie — dog; Welsh Terrier; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Checkers — dog, Cocker Spaniel (note: Checkers died in 1964, before Nixon became president); President: Richard Nixon, 1969-1974, Republican.

Cincinnatus — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Cleopatra — horse; President: John Adams, 1797-1801, Federalist.

Clipper — dog; German Shepherd President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Dash — dog, Collie; President: Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893, Republican.

Davie — dog, Airedale Terrier; President: Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921, Democratic.

Debbie — pony; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Dick — bird, Mockingbird; President: Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809, Democratic / Republican.

Dixon — pony (pair or Mason & Dixon); President: Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853, Whig.

Dot — dog; Cocker Spaniel; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Dr. Johnson – guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Drunkard — dog, Black and Tan Coonhound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Duke — dog; English Mastiff; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

“duiker” — antelope; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Eaglehurst — dog; Setter; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Ebeneezer — donkey; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Edgar – dog, Beagle; President: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, Democratic.

Egypt — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Eli Yale — guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Emily — horse; Master/President: President: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837, Democratic.

Emily Spinach — Garter snake; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Enoch — bird, goose; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Enrique DeLome — cat; Angora kittens; President: William McKinley, 1897-1901, Republican.

Faithful — dog, Newfoundland; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Fala — dog; Scottish Terrier; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Father O’Grady — guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Fedelity — pony; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Feller — dog; Cocker Spaniel; President: Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 Democratic.

Fido — dog “I am faithful”; President: Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865, Republican.

Fighting Bob Evans — guinea pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Freckles — dog, Beagle; President: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, Democratic.

Fuzzy — dog, Belgian sheepdog; President: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, Republican.

“gator” — reptile; American Alligator; President: John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829 Democratic / Republican.

Gaullie — dog; Poodle; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Gem — dog; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Glen — dog; Scotch Collie; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Grim — dog; Greyhound; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Grits — dog, Border Collie; President: Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981, Democratic.

Hector — dog; Japanese Poodle, Master/President: Grover Cleveland.

Hector — dog; Newfoundland; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Heidi — dog; Weimaraner; President: Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 Democratic.

Her — dog, Beagle; President: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, Democratic.

Him — dog, Beagle; President: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, Democratic.

Horace — raccoons; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

India “Willie” — cat; President: George W. Bush, 2001-2009, Republican.

Jack — dog; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Jack — turkey; President: Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865, Republican.

Jeff Davis — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Jennie — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Jet — dog; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Jip — dog; President: Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865, Republican.

Johnny Ty — bird, Canary; President: John Tyler, 1841-1845, Whig.

Jonathan — piebald rat; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Josiah — badger; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Julia — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Juno — dog; Cocker Spaniel; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Juno — dog; President: John Adams, 1797-1801, Federalist.

King Cole — dog; German Shepherd; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

King Timahoe — dog, Irish Setter; President: Richard Nixon, 1969-1974, Republican.

King Tut — dog; Belgian Shepherd; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Kit — horse; President: James A. Garfield, 1881-1881, Republican.

Laddie Boy — dog; Airedale Terrier; President: Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923, Republican.

Lady Nashville — horse; President: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837, Democratic.

Lara — dog, Newfoundland; President: James Buchanan, 1857-1861, Democratic.

Le Beau — dog, Italian Greyhound; President: John Tyler, 1841-1845, Whig.

Leprechaun — pony; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Lewis Brown — dog, Afghan Hound; President: Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981, Democratic.

Liberty — dog, Golden Retriever; President: Gerald Ford, 1974-1977, Republican.

Lucky — dog, Bouvier des Flandres; President: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, Republican.

Macaroni — pony; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Majora — dog; German Shepherd; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Mark — dog; President: John Adams, 1797-1801, Federalist.

Mary — horse President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Marybelle — bird, parakeet; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Mason — pony; President: Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853, Whig.

Maude — pig; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Meggie — dog; Scottish Terrier; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Mike — dog; Irish Setter; President: Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 Democratic.

Millie — dog, Springer Spaniel; President: George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993, Republican.

Miss Beazley (Nicknamed “Beazley Weazley”) — dog, Scottish Terrier; President: George W. Bush, 2001-2009, Republican.

Miss Pussy — cat; Siamese President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Misty — dog, Golden Retriever (Liberty’s puppy born in the White House); President: Gerald Ford, 1974-1977, Republican.

Misty Malarky Ying Yang — cat; President: Jimmy Carter & Amy Carter, 1977-1981, Democratic.

Mooly Wooly — cow; President: William Howard Taft, 1909-1913, Republican.

Mountain Boy — dog; Greyhound; President: Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921, Democratic.

“mouse” — white mouse (fed white mice he found in his bedroom); President: Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869, Democratic.

Mr. Protection — Opossums; President: Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893, Republican.

Mr. Reciprocity — Opossums; President: Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893, Republican.

Nanko — goat; President: Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865, Republican.

Nanny — goat; President: Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865, Republican.

Nelson — horse; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Nip — bird, canaries; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Ofelia — cow, Longhorn; President: George W. Bush, 2001-2009, Republican.

Old Boy — dog; Bulldog; President: Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923, Republican.

Old Ike — ram; President: Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921, Democratic.

Old Whitey — horse; President: Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850, Whig.

Otis — dog; Schnauzer; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Palo Alto — dog; Bird Dog; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Pasha — dog, Terrier; President: Richard Nixon, 1969-1974, Republican.

Pat — dog; German Shepherd; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Patrick — dog; Irish Wolfhound; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Paul Pry — dog; Airedale Terrier; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Pauline Wayne — cow; President: William Howard Taft, 1909-1913, Republican.

Peggy — dog, Irish Setter; President: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, Republican.

Pete — dog, Bull Terrier; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Peter — dog, Terrier President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Peter Pan — dog; Terrier; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Piccolomini — cat; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Pol — bird, parrot (taught to swear); President: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837, Democratic.

President — dog; Great Dane; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Prudence Prim — dog; White collies; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Puffins — cat; President: Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921, Democratic.

Punch — dog, Toy Terrier; President: James Buchanan, 1857-1861, Democratic.

Pushinka — dog; mutt (gift of Russian premier, puppy of Soviet space dog Strelka); President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Ranger — dog, Springer Spaniel; President: George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993, Republican.

Reb — pony; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Rebecca — raccoons; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Rex — dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; President: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, Republican.

Rob Roy — dog; White collies; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Robin — bird, canary; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Rollo — dog, Saint Bernard; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Rosie — dog; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Royal Gift — donkey; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Ruby Rouch — dog; Collie; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Sailor Boy — dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Sam Patches — horse; President: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837, Democratic.

Sardar — horse; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Satan — dog; President: John Adams, 1797-1801, Federalist.

Scentwell — dog, American Staghound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Sebastian — dog, Siberian Husky; President: James Monroe, 1817-1825, Democratic / Republican.

Shannon — dog; Irish Cocker Spaniel; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Shep — dog; President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

Siam — cat; Siamese (First Siamese Cat in the United States), President: Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881, Republican.

“silkworm” — Insect: silkworms; President: John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829 Democratic / Republican.

Skip — dog, Rat Terrier; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Slippers — cat; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Smoky — cat, bobcat; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Socks — cat; President: Bill Clinton, 1993-2001, Democratic.

Sonnie — dog; Fox Terrier; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Spot “Spotty” Fetcher — dog, English Springer Spaniel; President: George W. Bush, 2001-2009, Republican.

St. Louis — horse; President: Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877, Republican.

Streaker — dog; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Sukey — horse; President: William Henry Harrison, 1841-1841, Whig.

Susan — dog; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Sweet Lips — dog, American Staghound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Taca — dog, Siberian Husky; President: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, Republican.

Taster — dog, Black and Tan Coonhound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Tax Reduction — lion cub; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Tex — pony; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

The General — horse; President: John Tyler, 1841-1845, Whig.

Tiger — cat; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Tiny — dog; Old English Sheepdog; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Tiny Tim — dog; Chow Chows; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Tipler — dog, Black and Tan Coonhound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Tipsy — dog, Black and Tan Coonhound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Tom Kitten — cat; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Tom Quartz — cat; President: Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, Republican.

Truxton — horse; President: Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837, Democratic.

Tuck — bird, canaries; President: Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929, Republican.

Valeriano Weyler — cat; Angora kittens; President: William McKinley, 1897-1901, Republican.

Veto — dog; President: James A. Garfield, 1881-1881, Republican.

Vicki — dog, Poodle; President: Richard Nixon, 1969-1974, Republican.

Victory — dog, Golden Retriever; President: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, Republican.

Vulcan — dog, American Staghound; President: George Washington, 1789-1797, no party.

Washington Post — bird; Yellow-headed Mexican parrot; President: William McKinley, 1897-1901, Republican.

Weejie — dog; Norwegian Elkhound President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Whiskers — goat; President: Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893, Republican.

White Tips — dog; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Winks — dog; Llewellyn Setter; President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, Democratic.

Wolf — dog; mutt; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

Yuki — dog, mongrel; President: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, Democratic.

Yukonan — dog, Eskimo; President: Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, Republican.

Zsa Zsa — rabbit; President: John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963, Democratic.

A snapshot of United States Presidential Pet Names 1789 to Present by party affiliation

  • Democratic: 63
  • Republican: 124
  • Whig: 7
  • No party affiliation: 8

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