Through the years, the White House has been the home not just to the Presidents and the First Families, but also to a wild assortment of family pets. Some of these animals have been gifted to the White House residents by foreign dignitaries. Presidential pets have included horses, cows, goats, exotic birds, bears, a raccoon, lion cubs, alligators, a wallaby, a pygmy hippopotamus, turkeys, hamsters, a bobcat,
domesticated cats and many, many dogs.
From FDR's Fala and the Bushes' Barney to the Obamas' Bo and Sunny, some
of these pets have themselves become household names across America and around the world