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Introduction

People realize and understand that dogs have a special relationship with man that is unlike any other species.  As such, man has taken pains to develop unique breeds and dispositions in their dogs the world over.  There is a strong sense of pride as well as love associated with each country or region's breed that dogs are often gifted to foreign dignitaries as well as maintained by the leaders of each society.  As leaders of their societies, presidents are often known for the dogs they keep in office, and the naming of a presidential dog is equally important.  Former presidential dog names serve as a reminder of presidents of the past as well as their lovable canine companions.  Dog owners may wish to honor a former presidential dog by giving their dog the same name or people may want to give their dog a former president's name.

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Presidential Dog Name Considerations

Presidential dogs, especially in the United States, are a part of the Nation's identity and helps the president be more relatable to the people.  After all, many voting families have a deep love for their canine companions.  Some of the former presidents have kept many dogs while others just one or two during their time in office and citizens remember the dogs.  Families adopting a new dog into their lives may want to give their new member a presidential name.  There are only a few considerations to make regarding the breed, size, and color of the dog but some must be taken.  For example, descriptive names such as Major or Old Boy might be more appropriate for dogs like the German Shepherd and the English Bulldog, respectively.  Names like Ike or Poppy appear better suited to smaller dogs.  However, the major considerations dog owners want to make are the type of presidential names themselves.  There are a few ways to honor your dog with a presidential name including giving your dog a former First Dog's name like Theodore Roosevelt's Blackjack or Skip, or owners can give their dog a former president's name like Lincoln or Madison.  Finally, owners can choose the popular nicknames of their favorite presidents, like Gripper for Ronald Reagan or Old Hickory for Andrew Jackson.

Male Presidential Dog Names

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Scentwell
One of George Washington's American Foxhounds
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Vulcan
Another one of George Washington's American Foxhounds
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Punch
A Toy Terrier belonging to James Buchanan
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Lincoln
The Emancipator and 16th U.S. President
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Jefferson
A Founding Father and 3rd U.S. President
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Duke
One of the first English Mastiffs in the U.S. and Rutherford B. Hayes's dog
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Shep
One of Rutherford B. Hayes's hunting dogs
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Dash
President William Henry Harrison's Collie
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Blackjack
President Theodore Roosevelt's Manchester Terrier
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Skip
A Mongrel dog kept by Theodore Roosevelt
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Roose
A shortened variation of Roosevelt
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Old Boy
President Warren Harding's English Bulldog
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Laddie Boy
Warren Harding's Airedale Terrier
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Yukonan
President Herbert Hoover's Malamute
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Major
President FDR's German Shepherd
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Him
One of President Lyndon B. Johnson's pair of Beagles and the mate to Her
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Rex
President Reagan's Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Barney
One of Present George Bush Sr.'s Scottish Terriers
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Bo
President Obama's Portuguese Water Spaniel
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Ranger
Another one of President George Bush Sr.'s dogs
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Washington
The first American President
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Dwight
A reference to Dwight D. Eisenhower, American President
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Tricky Dick
Richard Nixon's nickname
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Dubya
President George W. Bush's nickname
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Gripper
President Reagan nickname from his screen acting days
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Dutch
Another one of President Reagan's nicknames
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Ike
President Eisenhower's nickname
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Chief
A reference to Herbert Hoover's nickname, The Chief
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Buck
James Buchanan's nickname
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Old Hickory
President Andrew Jackson's nickname

Female Presidential Dog Names

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Rosie
Ulysses S. Grant's dog
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Dot
Rutherford B. Hayes's Cocker Spaniel
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Juno
Another one of Rutherford B. Hayes's many dogs
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Prudence Prim
President Calvin Coolidge's dog
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Calamity Jane
One of Calvin Coolidge's sheepdogs
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Bessie
A white Collie kept by Calvin Coolidge
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Fala
President FDR's Scottish Terrier
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Heidi
President Eisenhower's Weimaraner
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Pushinka
A female puppy of Russian Cosmo-Dog Strelka that was gifted to President JFK by Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev
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Her
LBJ's female Beagle and the mate to Him
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Eleanor
A reference to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt
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Liberty
President Ford's Golden Retriever
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Millie
President George W. Bush's Springer Spaniel
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Hillie
A reference to Hillary Clinton
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Sunny
President Obama's other Portuguese Water Spaniel
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Martha
The first American First Lady
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Abby
A reference to First Lady Abigail Adams
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Madison
In honor of President James Madison
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Mamie
A reference to Mamie Eisenhower
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Lady Bird
A reference to Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady
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Betty
Betty Ford, First Lady
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Poppy
One of George Bush Sr.'s nicknames
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Lil Jemmy
President James Madison's nickname
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Barbie
A variation of Barbara, as in Barbara Bush
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Nancy
A reference to Nancy Reagan
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Jackie O
A reference to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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Dolley
A reference to First Lady, Dolley Madison
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Edith
Woodrow Wilson's wife and First Lady
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Carter
A reference to President Jimmy Carter
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Lucky
Ronald Reagan's Bouvier des Flandres dog

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