May 08, 2019 2 min read

On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”. Accused of being reimbursed for his political expenses, Nixon needed to defend himself. He flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog the Nixon children had named “Checkers,” thus giving the speech its famous name, the "Checkers Speech." The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, the largest television audience at that time, and it led to an outpouring of public support. Thanks to Checkers, Nixon made the ticket and we celebrate dogs in Politics Day, or better known as National Checkers Day! Check out the list below of some of the dog breeds kept in the White House during different U.S Presidents' time in office and see if any of our U.S Presidents shared love of your favorite breed!

George Washington James A Garfield Herbert Hoover Gerald Ford
1st US President 20th US President 31st US President 38th U.S President
American Staghounds Newfoundland Belgian Shepherd Golden Retriever
Black and Tan Coonhounds Grover Cleveland German Shepherd Jimmy Carter
John Adams 22nd and 24Th US President Collie 39th US President
2ND US President Poodle Irish Wolfhound Border Collie
Mexican Hairless Benjamin Harrison Franklin D. Roosevelt Afghan Hound
Thomas Jefferson 23rd US President 32nd US President Ronald Regan
3rd US President Collie Scottish Terrier 40th US President
Briard Theodore Roosevelt German Shepard Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
James Monroe 26th US President Old English Sheep Dog Golden Retriever
5th US President Bull Terrier Mastiff Irish Setter
Spaniel Rat Terrier Harry S Truman Siberian Husky
John Tyler Pekingese 33rd US President George H. W. Bush
10th US President Saint Bernard Cocker Spaniel 41st US President
Italian Greyhound William Howard Taft Irish Setter Springer Spaniel
Franklin Pierce 27th US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Bill Clinton
14th US President Mixed Breed 34th US President 42nd U.S. President
Japanese Chin Woodrow Wilson Weimaraner Labrador Retriever
James Buchanan 28th President John F Kennedy George W. Bush
15th US President Airedale Terrier 35th US President English Springer Spaniel
Toy Terrier Greyhound Irish Cocker Spaniel Scottish Terrier
Abraham Lincoln Bull Terrier German Shepherd Barack Obama
16th US President Warren G. Harding Lyndon B Johnson 44th U.S President
Mixed Breed Labrador Retriever 29th US President Beagle Portuguese Water Dog
Ulysses S Grant Airedale Terrier Collie
18th US President Bulldog Richard Nixon
Newfoundland Calvin Coolidge 37th U.S President
Rutherford B Hayes 30th US President Poodle
19th US President Collies Terrier
Cocker Spaniel Terrier Irish Setter
Newfoundland Sheep Dog Cocker Spaniel
English Mastiff Chow Chow