The Bidens join their family with a new first puppy

Presidential animals throughout history

Commander is the new German Shepherd of the Biden family.

Presidential animals throughout history

President Theodore Roosevelt’s eldest son Teddy Jr. holds a macaw named Eli circa 1902. The Roosevelts had all kinds of animals, including lizards, snakes, and a one-legged chicken.

Presidential animals throughout history

Pauline, one of William Howard Taft’s companion cows, stands on the lawn of the State, War and Navy Building in Washington. Pauline was also known to graze the White House lawn.

Presidential animals throughout history

Who needs gardeners? Woodrow Wilson’s sheep graze on the South Lawn of the White House.

Presidential animals throughout history

Warren G. Harding and his dog Laddie Boy are pictured outside the White House in 1922. Laddie Boy was an Airedale terrier.

Presidential animals throughout history

First Lady Grace Coolidge holds her raccoon, Rebecca. Rebecca was sent to the Coolidges as a gift to cook on Thanksgiving – yes, you read that right – but the First Family decided to adopt the animal instead.

Presidential animals throughout history

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was joined by Fala, his Scottish terrier, before going to his inauguration in 1941. Roosevelt had to tell Fala that he would not be attending the ceremonies.

Presidential animals throughout history

Harry Truman’s daughter, Margaret, holds their Irish setter, Mike, outside the White House in 1945.

Presidential animals throughout history

John F. Kennedy Jr. mischievously leans out of his pram and grabs Charlie, the family’s Welsh terrier. Charlie was one of the many dogs in the Kennedy family.

Presidential animals throughout history

John F. Kennedy and his children John and Caroline play with their Macaroni pony in 1962.

Presidential animals throughout history

Lyndon B. Johnson sings with his dog Yuki as his grandson Patrick watches in 1968. Johnson’s daughter rescues Yuki, a mixed breed dog who was abandoned at a gas station in Texas.

Presidential animals throughout history

Richard Nixon shows Pasha, his Yorkshire terrier, to two young visitors in 1969. Nixon also had two other dogs during his tenure.

Presidential animals throughout history

Gerald Ford strokes his Golden Retriever, Liberty, while studying budget matters in the Oval Office.

Presidential animals throughout history

Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, holds her cat, Misty, upon her return to the White House in 1977.

Presidential animals throughout history

Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan are joined by their dog Rex after visiting Camp David. Rex was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Presidential animals throughout history

George HW Bush walks the South Lawn of the White House with his Springer Spaniel Millie and puppies in 1989.

Presidential animals throughout history

The Clinton family’s cat, Socks, looks over a podium in the White House briefing room in 1994.

Presidential animals throughout history

George W. Bush is accompanied by his Scottish Terriers Barney and Miss Beazley as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in 2006.

Presidential animals throughout history

Barack Obama runs in a hallway with Bo, a Portuguese water dog, after the first family adopted him in 2009. The Obamas then adopted another named Sunny. The breed was chosen because of Malia Obama’s allergies. The coat of Portuguese Water Dogs is hypoallergenic.

Presidential animals throughout history

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