Top Presidential Pets that Lived at the White House

The US presidents always keep things interesting. If not with the policies they change or scandals they cause, it is with their pets. Let’s take a look at a few:


Theodore Roosevelt had a pet badger. After a trip, Roosevelt returned home with a badger he called Josiah. He gave Josiah to his son as a pet and the two became great friends.


Andrew Jackson had a pet parrot. Jackson was a beloved president and known as the first president of the people. He had a pet parrot called Poll who enjoyed chatting. He had a tendency for foul language which he supposedly learned from Jackson.


Franklin D Roosevelt had a Scottish terrier. The beloved Scotty was called Fala and he was always at the president’s side. The two were so attached that the Secret Service called Fala ‘The Informer’ because people would know where the president was based on sightings of Fala.


The Bush’s Springer Spaniels. George W Bush had a Spaniel called Millie. She gave birth to a litter of puppies at the White House and Bush’s son adopted one and named her Spot Fetcher. Spot Fetcher returned many years later to take the place of her mom and become a first dog as well.


The Kennedy family had Pushinka. A white mixed breed dog was sent to President Kennedy by the Russians as a gift and a taunt. She was the pup of one of the first dogs to go to space and return safely. The president called her Pushinka.

Some other presidents had cats, hamsters, goats, and even sheep as pets. Many pets have lived in the White House and enjoyed the life of luxury. Some may seem strange, but it is good to have a president that loves animals.

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