The American Kennel Club reports that 22 U.S. presidents have owned purebred dogs, many of them sharing the White House with their pups.
For instance, Founding Father George Washington imported American Foxhounds from Europe during his presidency and may have owned more than 30 of them.
Thomas Jefferson started his own breeding program with Briards, with the help of his beloved pregnant pooch, Buzzy.
Warren Harding owned an Airedale Terrier named Laddie Boy, who had his own hand-carved cabinet chair to oversee important meetings, and held a doggy birthday party at the White House.
Franklin D. Roosevelt owned a Scottish Terrier, Fala, who reportedly received more fanmail than many presidents did.
Other past presidents who owned purebred pups include John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
Candidate John McCain currently owns several purebred dogs while Barack Obama has promised his daughters that theyll get a puppy after Election Day (Nov. 4).
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