Top 10 Presidential Pet Names

Pet Poll Shows Democrats Lead Republicans by Substantial Margin
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With the 2012 presidential campaign heating up, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine which of the 44 US president's last names were most common among pets. All totaled, more than 3,400 pets in VPI's database were given the same moniker as the last name of a US president.

Below is a list of the 10 most common presidential pet names in VPI's database of more than 485,000 insured pets (total number of pets sharing that name in parenthesis):

Most Common Presidential Pet Names

-Jackson (942)

-Madison (729)

-Wilson (269)

-Tyler (219)

-Taylor (206)

-Truman (167)

-Lincoln (143)

-Reagan (141)

-Arthur (99)

-Carter (82)

Other than Warren Harding and James Polk, all 44 US presidents were represented with at least one pet name in VPI's database. Additionally, there are five pets named "Obama" and 10 others named "Barack." While there aren't any pets named "Romney" or "Mitt," the Republican nominee is represented by seven pets with the moniker "Willard," his rarely mentioned first name.

Party Affiliations 


The Democratic Party has the most pet names (1,585) in common with US presidents, out-polling Republicans by a ratio of more than 2 ½ -to- 1. Surprisingly, the Democratic-Republican Party, which dissolved in 1821, had more pet names (788) in VPI's database than the Republican Party (605). The Whig Party was represented by 486 pet names, while the Federalist Party came in with just one name (Adams). There are two pets named "Washington," the only former US president to have been elected without any official endorsement by a political party.