From ancient times, royalty have always been bestowed the esteemed privilege of collecting strange animals. Power, wealth, and connections gave them the ability to acquire animals of great beauty, ferocity, strength or rarity.
Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome Giraffe
Ramses II, pharaoh of Egypt Lion (Anta-M-Nekht)
Nero, emperor of Rome Tigress (Phoebe)
Charlemagne, emperor of France Elephant (Abul Abba)
Charles V, king of Spain Seals (7)
Louis IX, king of France Elephant & Porcupine
Henry III, king of England White bear & Elephant
Josephine, wife of Napoleon Orangutan
Henry’s elephant was the first ever in England.
Josephine’s orangutan sat at her dinner table wearing a coat!
Courtesy George Bush Library and Museum
President George H. W. Bush (1989-93) walks onto the White House lawn with his Springer Spaniel, Millie, and Millie’s new puppies. One of the puppies is Spot, President George W. Bush’s dog, that lives at the White House today.
President Bush’s dog Spot is an English Springer Spaniel. She is the daughter of former President George Bush’s dog, Millie. She was born in the White House on March 17, 1989 and is the only second-generation presidential pet in history. She likes dry dog food and sleeps on a chair in the First Couple’s bedroom.
Barney, a Scottish Terrier, is said to be unusually well-behaved for a puppy. Currently he sleeps in a crate in the upstairs kitchen. Once he’s housebroken, he may graduate to a sleeping spot in the First Couple’s bedroom. Barney likes dry dog food as well.
Buddy the former First dog ( President Clintons dog) may not be the most popular dog in the world but it will go down in history as a pet that shared the camera limelight with the worlds most powerful First Family in the face of scandal.
Buddy held its ground through out this period and never once was the President nor we the American public ashamed of his countenance.
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Socks could often be found on the South Lawn taking naps. After moving to the White House with President Bill Clinton in 1993, Socks was the first cat to live in the White House since Amy Carter’s cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang.
President George Bush’s dog Millie was the first First Pet to write a book. Millie had puppies while President Bush was in office, and her puppies all went to good homes. Ranger, one of Millie’s puppies, is pictured here with President Bush. Millie is in the 1999 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-earning literary dog. See Pet Superstars.
Rex, a King Charles Spaniel, came to live with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan when he was a year old. Rex often pulled too hard on his leash and would drag the Reagan’s away from reporters and photographers before anyone could ask the President any questions!
President Lyndon Johnson and his beloved Yuki liked to perform in the Oval Office. Yuki was found at a Texas gas station by Johnson’s daughter Luci. He was one of the President’s favorite dogs. President Johnson also had two beagles which he named Him and Her!
Caroline Kennedy’s pony, Macaroni, was a present from Lyndon Johnson. Macaroni roamed freely around the White House grounds and received thousands of fan letters from the American public. Caroline also had a famous dog named Pushinka, who was given to her by the head of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev.
President Benjamin Harrison’s son Russell Harrison had a pet goat named Old Whiskers. This goat was so ornery that one day the President was forced to chase him down Pennsylvania Avenue when he decided to run away with the Harrison grandchildren.
Fala, a Scottish Terrier and the most famous of all First Pets, belonged to President Franklin Roosevelt. Born on April 7, 1940, Fala was a gift to the President from his cousin Margaret Stuckley. The President loved Fala so much that he rarely went anywhere without him.