The father of our country is also, according to legend, the father of the American Foxhound. George Washington bred his own hounds, and so began a long love affair between U.S. Presidents and their pets.
Here is a list of our presidents and their pets they kept in or at the White House.
This list was compiled by Shine from Yahoo from various sources.
George Washington: Foxhounds & mules
John Adams: a mixed-breed dog named Satan; some sources say his wife Abigail named the pooch
Thomas Jefferson: Briard dogs, and a mockingbird named Dick
James Madison's wife Dolley: a green parrot
James Monroe: sheepdogs, and a black spaniel that belonged to his granddaughter
John Quincy Adam: received a gift of an alligator, which Adams is said to have kept in a White House bathroom
Andrew Jackson: pet parrot named Pol, fighting roosters
Martin Van Buren: received two tiger cubs as a present from the Sultan of Oman. Van Buren regifted them to the zoo
William Henry Harrison: his pets included a goat and a cow
John Tyler: pet canary named "Johnny Ty," after himself, horse named "the General" and his Italian Greyhound "Le Beau," or "the beautiful one"
James K. Polk: Sources report him owning either "a horse" or "horses"
Zachary Taylor: – a horse named Old Whitey. When Taylor died only 16 months into his term, Old Whitey trailed the funeral parade.
Millard Fillmore: some claim he had two ponies named Mason and Dixon
Franklin Pierce: a gift of two dogs from Japan. Others say Pierce had no pets at all – but he did found the Buffalo, NY chapter of the ASPCA.
James Buchanan: a Newfoundland named Lara
Abraham Lincoln: pet goats Nanny and Nanko, a dog, Jip; kittens given to Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward; and a turkey named Jack
Andrew Johnson: said to have fed white mice he found in his bedroom
Ulysses S. Grant: horses including Butcher Boy, Cincinnatus, Egypt, Jeff Davis and Jennie, Julia. Grant also had dogs – Rosie, and the Newfoundland named Faithful.
Rutherford B. Hayes: 7 different dog breeds, a goat, a mockingbird, and at least three cats
James Garfield: a horse named Kit, a fish, and a dog named Veto
Chester Arthur: horses
Grover Cleveland: mockingbirds and a bulldog named Hector