Pets of presidents: fun facts and odd stories

Joe Biden will make history with his furry friends

Stars Insider

20/01/21 | StarsInsider


For US Presidents, having a pet in the White House completes the First Family lineup. But the choice of First Pet has varied enormously since George Washington first allowed his hounds to wander the corridors of power.

The 46th President Joe Biden is set to restore tradition upon moving into the White House with two presidential dogs. Donald Trump was reportedly the first president since James Polk in 1849 not to have a pet while in office, claiming that he wouldn’t mind having a dog, but asking, “How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?” 

The Bidens, however, have two German shepherds, Champ and Major, the latter of whom will be the first shelter dog to ever make it to the White House. But, interestingly, the Bidens will also be bringing a cat into the White House, in what some are saying is a symbol of Biden’s efforts to unite the divided nation: starting with bridging cat people and dog people.

This certainly won't be the strangest tale of presidential pets, however. Browse the gallery for fun facts and odd stories behind the favorite pets of presidents.


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