How much do you know about presidential pets? Take our quiz.

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As a struggling economy dogs President Obama, his famous four-legged friend, Bo, could be a political risk, a new George Washington University study finds. The authors conclude that presidential pets are welcomed in times of scandal and war but not in bouts of economic instability. Whatever the case, first pets have long attracted publicity and press. From pooches to parakeets, see what facts you can recall about some noteworthy presidential pets. 

Which president housed an alligator briefly in the bathroom of the East Room?

Thomas Jefferson

 

John Quincy Adams

 

Andrew Jackson

 

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Who made President Martin Van Buren give two tiger cubs to a zoo?

Congress

 

First lady Hannah Van Buren

 

The Sultan of Oman

 

Vice President Richard Johnson

 

What was the name of the George W. Bush dog that enjoyed its own page on the White House website and appeared in a total of 11 films?

Barney

 

Beazley

 

India

 

Dubya

 

Which president rejected accusations that he dispatched a US Navy destroyer to retrieve his dog after allegedly leaving it behind on the Aleutian Islands?

Richard Nixon

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Gerald Ford

 

Bill Clinton

 

What were the names of Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagles, which were featured on the cover of Life magazine?

Jack and Jill

 

Barbie and Ken

 

Him and Her

 

Ben and Jerry

 

Which president was said to have the first White House dog to be routinely covered in the press?

George W. Bush

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Lyndon B. Johnson

 

Warren Harding

 

Which first family had a pony that freely wandered around the White House grounds?

The Kennedy family

 

The Reagan family

 

The Nixon family

 

The Carter family

 

Which president loved milk so much that he brought his own cow to the White House?

Grover Cleveland

 

William McKinley

 

Woodrow Wilson

 

William Taft

 

What first lady was dragged across the White House lawn by her pet?

Nancy Reagan

 

Lady Bird Johnson

 

Louisa Catherine Adams

 

Edith Roosevelt

 

Which of the following animals was not a first pet during the Coolidge presidency?

Hippo

 

Wallaby

 

Possum

 

Bobcat

 

Which president accepted a white, blue-eyed tigress on the White House lawn?

Ulysses Grant

 

Andrew Jackson

 

Ronald Reagan

 

Dwight Eisenhower

 

What distinction does Millie, George H.W. Bush's springer spaniel, hold?

She is the only first pet ever to write a book.

 

She wet the carpets in the Oval Office so often they needed to be replaced.

 

She is the only first dog to have puppies in the White House.

 

She ate only meals prepared by the White House chef.

 

What patriotic name did Gerald Ford give his golden retriever?

Liberty

 

America

 

Freedom

 

Justice

 

What was the name of the goat that lived at the White House during the Benjamin Harrison presidency?

Carbuncle

 

Sweetie May

 

Old Whiskers

 

Grover Cleveland

 

Why did Woodrow Wilson have sheep graze on the White House lawn?

His children made sweaters from the wool.

 

He wanted to cut maintenance costs.

 

They reminded him of his childhood home in Staunton, Va.

 

He did it to anger Congress.

 

What did Harry Truman do to elicit attacks of being anti-canine?

He put his dog up for adoption upon winning the presidency.

 

He was the first president to have his dog spayed.

 

He gave away a puppy he received as a Christmas gift.

 

He said he considered himself "more of a cat president."

 

What breed is the Obamas' dog, Bo?

Poodle

 

Collie

 

Portuguese water dog

 

Labradoodle

 

From which senator did the Obama family accept Bo?

Harry Reid

 

Dianne Feinstein

 

John McCain

 

Edward Kennedy

 

Which president entrusted his cat, Socks, to his personal secretary at the end of his term?

George W. Bush

 

Bill Clinton

 

Herbert Hoover

 

Harry Truman

 

What other pet shared the George W. Bush White House with dogs Barney and Miss Beazley?

Cat

 

Piglet

 

Guinea pig

 

Toucan