Seeing as 2016 is the year of a presidential election, Carolina Mountain Dog thought it would be interesting to reflect on the fact that dogs, not just Presidents and First Ladies, have occupied the White House for longer than you might imagine.
According to the Presidential Pet Museum (yes, there is one!), dogs first appeared at the White House during President George Washington's tenure (1789 - 1797). Washington kept twelve hounds and five French hounds at various times. The next president after Washington, President John Adams (1797-1801) and his wife Abigail owned two mixed-breed dogs. Maria Monroe, wife of President James Monroe (1817-1825), owned a spaniel. Next came John Tyler's term (1841 - 1845), during which two wolfhounds and an Italian greyhound were White House occupants.
Plenty of other dogs graced the White House; you can find more about them at the Presidential Pet Museum's website. And just for fun, see if you can match up some of our more recent presidential dogs with their owners.
Here is a list of some presidents:
1. John F. Kennedy
2. Lyndon Johnson
3. Gerald Ford
4. George H. W. Bush
5. Bill Clinton
6. Barack Obama
Here are their dogs, but not in the correct order:
a. Buddy, chocolate lab
b. Millie, English springer spaniel
c. Him and Her, beagles
d. Charlie, Welsh terrier
e. Bo, Portugese water dog
f. Liberty, golden retriever
Find the correct answers here.