Taking stock of presidential livestock

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate photographed in 2014. Jefferson often experimented with new farming techniques at his home in Virginia. Getty Images

Dear Aggie: Did any U.S. presidents have farm animals?

We often hear stories about presidential dogs or cats roaming the halls of the White House while their owners are in office. For example, shortly after the president was elected, we learned about the Biden family’s German shepherds. Of course, the Bidens’ dogs were not the first presidential pups to live at the White House. What few people realize is that many past presidents, particularly those with agricultural backgrounds, kept other types of livestock at the White House.

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