Presidential Dog Names

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From George Washington to George Bush, there has often been a dog — or two, or three, or ten — keeping watch over the First Family and making messes on the White House lawn. Find out which U.S. presidents got creative with their dog names (Sweetlips, King Tut), who went with the old standbys (Buddy and Spot), who got patriotic (Liberty), and who was, er, very utilitarian (Him and Her).

George Washington:
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:
Juno (unknown breed)
Satan (unknown breed)

John Tyler:
Le Beau (Greyhound)

James Buchanan:
Lara (Newfoundland)

Ulysses Grant:
Faithful (Newfoundland)

Rutherford Hayes:
Hector (German Shepherd)
Nellie (German Shepherd)
Duke (English Mastiff)

James Garfield:
Veto (unknown breed)

Theodore Roosevelt:
Pete (Bull Terrier)
Sailor Boy (Chesapeake Retriever)
Jack (Terrier)
Skip (Mutt)
Manchu (Pekingese)

Warren Harding:
Laddie Boy (Airedale Terrier)
Old Boy (English Bulldog)

Calvin Coolidge:
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:
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:
Major (German Shepherd)
Meggie (Scottish Terrier)
Winks (Llewellyn Setter, a kind of English Setter)
Tiny (Old English Sheepdog)
President (Great Dane)
Fa la (Scottish Terrier)
Manchu (Pekingese)
Blaze (Mastiff)

Harry Truman:
Mike (Irish Setter)
Feller (Cocker Spaniel)

Dwight D. Eisenhower:
Heidi (Weimaraner)

John F. Kennedy:
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:
Beagle (Beagle)
Little Beagle (Beagle)
Him (Beagle)
Her (Beagle)
Blanco (Collie)
Yuki (Mutt)

Richard Nixon:
Checkers (Cocker Spaniel)
Vicky (Poodle)
Pasha (Terrier)
King Timahoe (Irish Setter)

Gerald Ford:
Liberty (Golden Retriever)

Jimmy Carter:
Grits (Mutt)

Ronald Reagan:
Lucky (Bouvier des Flandres)
Rex (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)

George H.W. Bush:
Millie (English Springer Spaniel)
Ranger (one of Millie’s puppies)

Bill Clinton:
Buddy (Labrador Retriever)

George W. Bush:
Barney (Scottish Terrier)
Spot (English Springer Spaniel, and one of Millie’s puppies)
Miss Beazley (Scottish Terrier)

Barack Obama:
Bo (Portuguese Water Dog)

Source: White House Pets

Also see:
All DogTime dog names
Political dog names
The Obama Dog Page
Obama dog: Suggested names
What makes a dog presidential?