On display through 2014

One of the Newseum's most popular exhibits is back! "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets" showcases images and stories about some of the top dogs who have resided at the nation's most prestigious address, including the newest addition: Sunny, President Obama's energetic new running mate for Bo.

Fetching facts about America's First Dogs:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier, Fala, had his own press secretary.
  • Warren G. Harding's Airedale, Laddie Boy, had his own chair at Cabinet meetings.
  • A book "written" by George H.W. Bush's English springer spaniel, Millie, sold more copies than Bush's own book.
  • John F. Kennedy was allergic to dogs. Even so, the Kennedys had nine, including Pushinka, a gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
  • Herbert Hoover won fans, and possibly his 1928 election, by posing with his police dog, King Tut, for campaign photos.
  • George W. Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney, became an Internet sensation with his "Barney Cam" videos showing life at the White House from a dog's-eye view.
  • Calvin and Grace Coolidge maintained a menagerie during his presidency, including 12 dogs and a pair of raccoons.

Find these presidential pups and many more in the exhibit on Level 2!


PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs, CESAR® Canine Cuisine and WISDOM PANEL® Canine DNA Analysis, all brands of Mars, Incorporated, proudly sponsor the Newseum exhibit "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets."

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