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The Complete List Of United States Presidents’ Dogs’ Names

From George Washington to George Bush and beyond, there’s often been a dog in the White House — or two, or three, or ten. For most of United States history, dogs have watched over the First Family and made messes on the White House lawn.

If you’re looking for a name for your new pooch, then maybe you can get some inspiration from our Executives In Chief. Or, if you’re just curious about our Presidential dogs, take a look at their names. They range from simple to silly.

Find out which US Presidents came up with the most creative dog names, like Sweetlips and King Tut. Check out which ones went with the old standbys, like Buddy and Spot. See which Presidents got patriotic with their dog names, like Liberty. Then, find out who picked, er, very utilitarian names, like Him and Her.

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The complete list of Presidents’ dogs’ names

Here’s a full list of the dogs who called the White House home. When you’re done with that, check out some iconic historical photos of 15 presidents and their presidential dogs.

George Washington

George Washington with hounds
(Photo Credit: Credit: Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images)
  • Drunkard (Hound)
  • Mopsey (Hound)
  • Taster (Hound)
  • Cloe (Hound)
  • Tipsy (Hound)
  • Tipler (Hound)
  • Forester (Hound)
  • Captain (Hound)
  • Lady Rover (Hound)
  • Vulcan (Hound)
  • Sweetlips (Hound)
  • Searcher (Hound)

John Adams

Illustration of four of the United States Foundign Fathers, from left, John Adams (1735 - 1826), Robert Morris (1734 - 1806), Alexander Hamilton (1757 - 1804), and Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), 1774.
(Photo Credit: Stock Montage / Getty Images)
  • Juno (unknown breed)
  • Satan (unknown breed)

John Tyler

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1800: John Tyler 1790 to 1862. 10th president of the United States 1841 to 1845 From painting by Alonzo Chappel
(Photo Credit: Universal History Archive / Getty Images)
  • Le Beau (Greyhound)

James Buchanan

(Original Caption) Cabinet of President J. Buchanan (center) Standing at left to right: Lewis Cass (Sect. of State), Buchanan, Howell Cobb (Sect. of Treasury) Hos Holt (Postmaster General). Seated Left to Right: Jaocb Thimpson (Sect. of Interior), John B. Floyd (Sect. of War), Isaac Toucy (Sect. of Navy) Jeremiah Balck (Attorney General). Picture probably taken in 1859 when Holt became a Member of Cabinet.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
  • Lara (Newfoundland)

Ulysses Grant

Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and family. Grant would go on to become the 18th President of the United States. Undated, after a photograph.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
  • Faithful (Newfoundland)

Rutherford Hayes

Studio portrait of Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), a Union general during the American Civil War who went on to become president of the United States (1876-1880).
(Photo Credit: © CORBIS/ Corbis / Getty Images)
  • Hector (German Shepherd)
  • Nellie (German Shepherd)
  • Duke (English Mastiff)

James Garfield

Photo shows President Garfield and his family. Undated lithograph by Bufford
(Photo Credit: Getty Images) .
  • Veto (unknown breed)

Theodore Roosevelt

American statesman and politician Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919), 26th President of the United States, with his dogs at a farm, US, 1905.
(Photo Credit: Frederic Lewis / Archive Photos / Getty Images)
  • Pete (Bull Terrier)
  • Sailor Boy (Chesapeake Retriever)
  • Jack (Terrier)
  • Skip (Mutt)
  • Manchu (Pekingese)

Warren Harding

Warren G. Harding at Home with Dog
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
  • Laddie Boy (Airedale Terrier)
  • Old Boy (English Bulldog)

Calvin Coolidge

President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge with Andrew Mellon and others on the White House lawn.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
  • Peter Pan (Terrier)
  • Paul Pry (originally Laddie Buck, Airedale Terrier)
  • Rob Roy (originally Oshkosh) (Collie)
  • Calamity Jane (Shetland Sheepdog)
  • Tiny Tim (Chow Chow)
  • Blackberry (Chow Chow)
  • Ruby Rough (Collie)
  • Boston Beans (Bulldog)
  • King Kole (unknown breed)
  • Bessie (Collie)
  • Palo Alto (Bird Dog)

Herbert Hoover

President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover relax in a garden.
(Photo Credit: Library of Congress / Corbis / VCG / Getty Images)
  • King Tut (unknown breed)
  • Pat (unknown breed)
  • Big Ben (Fox Terrier)
  • Sonnie (Fox Terrier)
  • Glen (Collie)
  • Yukon (American Eskimo Dog)
  • Patrick (Irish Wolfhound)
  • Eaglehurst Gillette (Setter)
  • Weejie (Elkhound)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Portrait of American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) as he sits behind the wheel of his car outside of his home in Hyde Park, New York, mid 1930s
. (Photo Credit: FPG/Getty Images)
  • Major (German Shepherd)
  • Meggie (Scottish Terrier)
  • Winks (Llewellyn Setter, a kind of English Setter)
  • Tiny (Old English Sheepdog)
  • President (Great Dane)
  • Fala (Scottish Terrier)
  • Manchu (Pekingese)
  • Blaze (Mastiff)

Harry Truman

President Harry S. Truman speaks during a television address from the Oval Office.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower seated at desk with pen in hand.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)
  • Heidi (Weimaraner)

John F. Kennedy

The first family on the patio of their Squaw Island House in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, with several puppies and dogs.
(Photo Credit: © CORBIS/ Corbis / Getty Images)
  • Charlie (Welsh Terrier)
  • Pushinka (a gift to Caroline Kennedy from Nikita Khrushchev)
  • Shannon (English Cocker Spaniel)
  • Wolf (Irish Wolfhound)
  • Clipper (German Shepherd)
  • Butterfly (Pushinka and Charlie’s pup)
  • White Tips (Pushinka and Charlie’s pup)
  • Blackie (Pushinka and Charlie’s pup)
  • Streaker (Pushinka and Charlie’s pup)

Lyndon B. Johnson

US president Lyndon B Johnson (1908 - 1973) introduces his pet dog Yuki at a Country Fair on the South Lawn of the White House, Washington, DC, September 1967.
(Photo Credit: Pix / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
  • Beagle (Beagle)
  • Little Beagle (Beagle)
  • Him (Beagle)
  • Her (Beagle)
  • Blanco (Collie)
  • Yuki (Mutt)

Richard Nixon

Senator Richard Nixon of California takes time out from the rigors of campaigning to relax with his family at their home in Washington, Sept. 28. It was the GOP Vice Presidential candidate's first visit home since his nationwide broadcast about his expense fund. L to r are: Julie, 4; Mrs. Pat Nixon; Patricia, 6; and Nixon, who holds the family Cocker Spaniel, "Checkers," whom Nixon mentioned in his broadcast.
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Gerald Ford

Former President Gerald Ford plays with his dog Misty February 5, 1987 at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA. Misty was born in 1976 on the third floor of the White House.
(Photo Credit: Jim Pozarik / Liaison / Getty Images)
  • Liberty (Golden Retriever)

Jimmy Carter

Nell Ariel walks from a shop with her dog Marley on Main Street in Plains, Georgia
(Photo Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI /AFP / Getty Images)
  • Grits (Mutt)

Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan with dog Lucky and wife Nancy (in back), ready to go to Geneva.
(Photo Credit: Cynthia Johnson / Getty Images)
  • Lucky (Bouvier des Flandres)
  • Rex (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)

George H.W. Bush

President George Bush walks across the White House lawn with his springer spaniel, Millie and her puppies. April 20, 1989
(Photo Credit: © CORBIS /Corbis / Getty Images)
  • Millie (English Springer Spaniel)
  • Ranger (one of Millie’s puppies)

Bill Clinton

President William Jefferson Clinton posing with Buddy the Dog outside of the White House, April 6, 1999
(Photo Credit: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images)
  • Buddy (Labrador Retriever)

George W. Bush

President George W. Bush and his dog Spot walking towards the Oval Office of the White House.
(Photo Credit: Greg Mathieson / Mai / Getty Images)
  • Barney (Scottish Terrier)
  • Spot (English Springer Spaniel, and one of Millie’s puppies)
  • Miss Beazley (Scottish Terrier)

Barack Obama

Obama greeting his dog Bo.
(Photo Credit: Martin H. Simon-Pool / Getty Images)
  • Bo (Portuguese Water Dog)
  • Sunny (Portuguese Water Dog)

Joe Biden

Joe Biden and Jill Biden with their German Shepherd dog Commander
(Photo Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Champ (German Shepherd Dog)
  • Major (German Shepherd Dog)
  • Commander (German Shepherd Dog)

Which Presidential dog name is your favorite? Which one was most surprising? Does your pooch share a name with any of our First Dogs?

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Alva Thomas
Alva Thomas
Alva Thomas expert in training and caring for pet dog breeds. Whether he spending quality time with her own furry companions or contributing to websites such as Dogsbreed.org and Animalpet.com, dedicated to our canine.

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