Types of Pets

  • Owned by 32 out of 44 presidents (73%), dogs are the most popular pet.
  • Donald Trump was the first president since William McKinley to not own a dog (115 years).
  • James K. Polk and Donald Trump were the only presidents to not own a pet.
  • Andrew Johnson's only pets were some White House mice he started to care for during his impeachment proceedings.
  • Theodore Roosevelt had the most diverse pets with 14 different types, including a black bear, a badger, a garter snake, and a laughing hyena.
  • Not one, but two presidents had pet alligators - John Quincy Adams and Herbert Hoover.

Rank#President# of Presidents
1Dogs32
1George Washington
2John Adams
3Thomas Jefferson
5James Monroe
10John Tyler
14Franklin Pierce
15James Buchanan
16Abraham Lincoln
18Ulysses S. Grant
19Rutherford B. Hayes
20James A. Garfield
22 & 24Grover Cleveland
23Benjamin Harrison
26Theodore Roosevelt
27William H. Taft
28Woodrow Wilson
29Warren G. Harding
30Calvin Coolidge
31Herbert Hoover
32Franklin D. Roosevelt
33Harry S. Truman
34Dwight D. Eisenhower
35John F. Kennedy
36Lyndon B. Johnson
37Richard M. Nixon
38Gerald R. Ford
39Jimmy Carter
40Ronald Reagan
41George H. W. Bush
42Bill Clinton
43George W. Bush
44Barack Obama
2Birds16
1George Washington
3Thomas Jefferson
4James Madison
7Andrew Jackson
10John Tyler
14Franklin Pierce
16Abraham Lincoln
22 & 24Grover Cleveland
25William McKinley
26Theodore Roosevelt
28Woodrow Wilson
29Warren G. Harding
30Calvin Coolidge
34Dwight D. Eisenhower
35John F. Kennedy
36Lyndon B. Johnson
3Horses14
1George Washington
2John Adams
3Thomas Jefferson
7Andrew Jackson
10John Tyler
12Zachary Taylor
13Millard Fillmore
16Abraham Lincoln
18Ulysses S. Grant
20James A. Garfield
21Chester A. Arthur
26Theodore Roosevelt
35John F. Kennedy
40Ronald Reagan
4Cats12
16Abraham Lincoln
19Rutherford B. Hayes
25William McKinley
26Theodore Roosevelt
28Woodrow Wilson
30Calvin Coolidge
35John F. Kennedy
38Gerald R. Ford
39Jimmy Carter
40Ronald Reagan
42Bill Clinton
43George W. Bush
5Rabbits4
16Abraham Lincoln
21Chester A. Arthur
26Theodore Roosevelt
35John F. Kennedy
6Bears3
3Thomas Jefferson
26Theodore Roosevelt
30Calvin Coolidge
6Cows3
9William Henry Harrison
27William H. Taft
43George W. Bush
6Goats3
9William Henry Harrison
16Abraham Lincoln
23Benjamin Harrison
9Alligators2
6John Quincy Adams
31Herbert Hoover
9Donkeys2
1George Washington
30Calvin Coolidge
9Hamsters2
35John F. Kennedy
36Lyndon B. Johnson
12Badgers1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Bobcats1
30Calvin Coolidge
12Duikers1
30Calvin Coolidge
12Eagles1
15James Buchanan
12Guinea Pigs1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Hippopotamuses1
30Calvin Coolidge
12Hyenas1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Lions1
30Calvin Coolidge
12Lizards1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Mice1
17Andrew Johnson
12Opossums1
23Benjamin Harrison
12Owls1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Pigs1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Raccoons1
30Calvin Coolidge
12Rats1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Sheep1
28Woodrow Wilson
12Silkworms1
6John Quincy Adams
12Snakes1
26Theodore Roosevelt
12Tigers1
8Martin Van Buren
12Wallabies1
30Calvin Coolidge
-None2
11James K. Polk
45Donald J. Trump

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