Special Report

27 of the Most Famous Presidential Pets Since 1900s

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King Timahoe
> Breed: Irish setter
> Owner: President Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

Nixon had a dog named Checker who did not live at the White House. The dog, who was later named King Timahoe after a hamlet in Ireland where Nixon’s ancestors were from, was a gift from White House staff in 1969.

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Pasha
> Breed: Yorkie
> Owner: Tricia Nixon

Pasha was a Yorkshire terrier who belonged to one of Nixon’s daughters, Tricia. Pasha spent most of her time with Tricia, though she was photographed with Nixon on several occasions. Pash and King Timahoe were often playing together at the White House.

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Vicki
> Breed: Poodle
> Owner: Julie Nixon

Vicki was a gray miniature poodle that belonged to Nixon’s other daughter, Julie. Though Vicki was technically Julie’s dog, the poodle seemed particularly attached to the president and was often seen lying close to him.

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Liberty
> Breed: Golden retriever
> Owner: President Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

Liberty was a golden retriever gifted to the president by a friend of White House official photographer David Kennerly and the president’s daughter Susan. Liberty was frequently photographed with Ford in the Oval Office. Liberty gave birth to nine puppies at the White House.

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Shan
> Breed: Siamese cat
> Owner: Susan Ford

Shan was a miniature seal point Siamese cat that already lived with the Ford family when they moved into the White House. Shan, which technically was first daughter Susan Ford’s cat, would often hide under the bed in the Lincoln room, mostly trying to avoid the Ford family’s golden retriever Liberty.