QUIZ: How Many Presidential Pets Do You Know?

Show off your patriotism and canine knowledge at the same time by taking this quiz: 

1. Which president’s dog was the first to be photographed?
a) Benjamin Harrison
b) Abraham Lincoln
c) Thomas Jefferson
d) Grover Cleveland

2. Which politician received his dog as a gift from supporters during his bid to run for vice president and later refused to give it up?
a) Bill Clinton
b) Theodore Roosevelt
c) Ulysses Grant 
d) Richard Nixon

3. Which president had to send his Bouvier back home from the White House after he failed obedience school?
a) Ronald Reagan
b) Woodrow Wilson
c) Jimmy Carter
d) Lyndon Johnson

4. Which president named his dog through a nationwide contest? (The name of his dog is also the name of his uncle.)
a) John Kennedy
b) Harry Truman
c) Bill Clinton
d) George W. Bush

5. Which president built his dog a doggie White House next to the real one?
a) Woodrow Wilson
b) Benjamin Harrison
c) Zachary Taylor
d) Gerald Ford

6. Which president once upset animal lovers with his “abusive” play?
a) Lyndon Johnson
b) Jimmy Carter
c) Andrew Jackson
d) Gerald Ford

7. Who is considered to be the “father” of the American Foxhound breed?
a) James Madison
b) Grover Cleveland
c) George Washington
d) Thomas Jefferson

8. Which president brought his dog to inaugural balls?
a) John Kennedy
b) Franklin Roosevelt
c) Teddy Roosevelt
d) George Washington

9. Which president had to give back his dog to the breeder after he tried to bite a veterinarian during a televised event?
a) Jimmy Carter
b) Dwight Eisenhower
c) Calvin Coolidge
d) Herbert Hoover

10. Which president had a dog with his own chair at cabinet meetings?
a) Herbert Hoover
b) Warren Harding
c) Calvin Coolidge
d) Abraham Lincoln

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ANSWERS:

1. b, Abraham Lincoln’s dog, Fido, was the first dog to be photographed.

2. d, Richard Nixon received his Cocker Spaniel, Checkers, as a gift while campaigning for vice president. He claims that Checkers is the only gift he kept.

3. a, Ronald Reagan had to send his Bouvier, Lucky, back home to California after he failed obedience school. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rex, replaced Lucky.

4. c, Bill Clinton’s chocolate Lab, Buddy, was named in a nationwide contest. Buddy is also the name of Clinton’s uncle, who was a dog lover and trainer.

5. b, Benjamin Harrison built a house for his Collie, Dash, next to the White House when he moved in.

6. a, Lyndon Johnson upset animal lovers after picking up his Beagles by the ears on TV. He claimed he was “demonstrating the proper way to pick them up.”

7. c, George Washington is not only the father of our county but is also considered to be the father of the American Foxhound. He bred black and tan hounds from Virginia with Stag Hounds from Europe. 

8. b, Franklin Roosevelt’s Scottish Terrier, Fala, attended at least one of the balls. Fala was also witness to the signing of the Atlantic Treaty ending the War in Europe during World War II, and is a part of Roosevelt’s memorial in Washington, D.C.

9. a, Jimmy Carter had to give back his dog, Grits. Not only did he try to bite a veterinarian, but he would also run wild in the White House and make messes everywhere. Looks like even presidents have to clean up after their dog!

10. b, Warren Harding’s Airedale, Laddie Boy, had his own chair at the cabinet meetings.