Neglect elephants and donkeys — the candidate with an eye fixed on the White Home would do nicely to deal with canines.

Each president since Warren Harding has introduced a canine to Washington, and over half of all U.S. presidents owned a minimum of one canine throughout their phrases. (Makes you surprise how the White Home garden stays so inexperienced.) Barack Obama has Sunny and Bo however the Trumps don’t have a canine or any pets in any respect making Donald Trump the primary president in 150 years who doesn’t have a pet of any kind. Some say that getting a canine would assist enhance the general public’s notion of him.

All of the presidents’ canines

Presidential canines have lengthy been making headlines. Because of his well-known speech, Richard Nixon’s Cocker Spaniel Checkers might benefit from the highest title recognition, however different First Canines — and their homeowners — have their very own declare to fame:

  • Most fertile canine: Gerald Ford’s Golden Retriever Liberty gave beginning to 9 puppies on the White Home.
  • Most canines owned: Calvin Coolidge had a minimum of 12.
  • Lived in White Home throughout most administrations: Spot, a Springer Spaniel, born throughout George H. W. Bush’s administration to his canine Millie, Spot later returned to the White Home as George W. Bush’s pet.
  • Most embarrassing canines: It’s a tie between those owned by Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Roosevelt’s managed to tear the pants off the French ambassador whereas Johnson’s relieved himself in entrance of the Shah of Iran.
  • Most inexplicable title: George Washington’s Candy Lips (don’t ask as a result of we don’t have the solutions).

White Home materials

So what kind of canine is finest fitted to the White Home? The DogTime workforce wished to search out out, so we plugged our standards into the MatchUp device.

Listed here are the givens: The president of the USA wants a canine who’s assured, pleasant and calm with individuals and youngsters of all ages, snug in a busy, close to frenetic family, and in a position to adapt simply to alter.

And listed here are the outcomes: Any pup who embodies the qualities of the mellow Basset Hound, or super-friendly Golden Retriever would make an excellent First Dog. The very best match although, not surprisingly, is a pooch with a Labrador Retriever‘s sunny, something goes disposition and laid-back perspective.

And getting a Lab, or Lab Combine, isn’t a foul political tactic both: For the umpteenth 12 months operating (17 to be exact) he continues to be the nation’s hottest canine, in accordance with the American Kennel Membership.

Whether or not purebred or mutt, canines have been humanizing their presidential homeowners for hundreds of years; irrespective of who enters the White Home subsequent, having a canine will little doubt make her or him appear extra like the remainder of us. Or as Harry S. Truman famously stated, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

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