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Presidential Pets

Test your knowledge of the critters that have called the White House their home.

There have been a lot of pets that have padded and pounced their way through the White House over they years.  Do you remember their names?  Take this quiz to test your Presidential pet knowledge!

Question #1: Which of the following animals was a gift to George Washington from King Charles II of Spain?

The correct answer is a donkey named Royal Gift.  Washington prized the animal, a cross between a horse and a donkey, because he wanted to breed mules.

Question #2: Which of the following animals did Thomas Jefferson own?

The correct answer is 'All of the above'.

Question #3: Which of the following is NOT true?

The false statement is 'Harry Truman owned a parrot named McCarthy'.  Interestingly, Andrew Jackson's parrot, Poll, was quite profane and after being allowed to attend Jackson's funeral, was removed because he would not stop swearing during the ceremony.

Question #4: What was the name of Richard Nixon’s dog?

The correct answer is Checkers.  The dog is remembered in Nixon's famous 'Checkers' speech during which Nixon defended himself against illegal campaign contributions and other wrong doings.

Question #5: What was the name of the dog that kept Gerald Ford company in the Oval Office?

The correct answer is Liberty.  She was a Golden Retriever.

Question #6: Amy Carter, Jimmy’s daughter, had a Siamese cat. The cat’s name was…

The correct answer is Misty Malarky. Misty was, despite the name, a male cat.

Question #7: The name of Ronald Reagan’s famous White House dog was…

The correct answer is Rex.  Rex was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Question #8: The late George H. Bush’s dog was named…

The correct answer is Millie. She was an English Springer Spaniel and was named after a close friend of the Bushes, Mildred Kerr.

Question #9: What was the name of Bill Clinton’s cat?

The correct answer is Socks.  He was a rescued stray cat that lived to the ripe old age of 19!

Question #10: George W Bush’s dog was a Springer Spaniel. Her name was…

The correct answer is Spot.  Her full name was Spot 'Spotty' Fetcher.  She lived to be 15 years of age.

Question #11: The name of Barack Obama’s dog is…

The correct answer is Bo.  As of 2019, Bo is 11 years old.  He is a Portuguese Water Dog.

Question #12: Which President had the most pets?

The correct answer is Calvin Coolidge with 43.  T. Roosevelt had 30, Lincoln 10, and Andrew Johnson an undetermined number of white mice he found in his bedroom that he liked to feed.  JFK's collection of animals included Pushinka, a puppy gifted by Khrushchev from a litter born of space traveler, Strelka, the first dog to fly into space and to be safely returned to earth.  Lincoln's animals included a dog named Fido that was killed with a knife by a drunk only a few months after Lincoln's own assassination.  The story was so compelling, considering its proximity to Lincoln's own assassination, that the name Fido became common place. Coolidge's collection included a hippo and an antelope.

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