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Have All U.S. Presidents Kept Pets in the White House?

Nearly all U.S. presidents have kept pets in the White House, ranging from horses, dogs and cats, to hamsters and birds -- and some more exotic animals, as well. But President Donald Trump has broken that tradition, as he seems to have no immediate plans to acquire a furry companion. He is the first U.S. president in over 100 years not to have a pet while in office. The previous occupant of the White House, Barack Obama, had two Portuguese Water Dogs. George W. Bush had several dogs -- two terriers and a spaniel, as well as a cat. Bill Clinton had a Labrador named Buddy and a cat named Socks. Many Americans hope that, like his predecessors, Donald Trump will bring a canine or feline friend to the White House soon.

More about pets in the White House:

  • John F. Kennedy's wide variety of pets included horses, dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and rabbits.
  • Theodore Roosevelt had an interesting range of pets, including a snake, a badger, a macaw, a flying squirrel, and a kangaroo rat.
  • John Quincy Adams kept an alligator that actually lived in a White House bathroom.
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