By Animal Planet
Former President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House,” and nearly every fellow commander in chief before and after him has taken such advice to heart. In fact, more dogs have taken up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than presidents, first ladies and presidential children combined, with rough estimates reaching 250 pooches — or nearly 1,000, including family pets outside of elected terms as well. Take a look at the top 10 most famous first Fidos!
10. Skip Roosevelt
President Theodore Roosevelt had several dogs during his lifetime, including a bull terrier named Pete who notoriously chased the French ambassador through the White House and tore out the bottom of his trousers. However, it was Roosevelt’s mongrel Skip that not only earned a special place in his heart, but on the 26th president’s horse as well. Roosevelt would scoop up Skip and place the short-of-stature pooch on his saddle during hunting trips. Eventually, the pup learned how to jump up onto horses on his own, and was even spotted riding alone on the back of Roosevelt’s son’s pony!
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