AKC Museum of the Dog Millie on the Front Lawn

Millie, the English Springer Spaniel, belonged to Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush. 

From George Washington’s Foxhounds to Bo and Sunny, the Portuguese Water Dogs owned by the Obamas, The AKC Museum of the Dog’s newest exhibit will examine the role of dogs in American presidential history. “Presidential Dogs” will run from Sept. 8-Jan. 31, 2021 in New York.

Specifically, the exhibit will explore the history of the presidential dogs, highlight dogs that were owned by U.S. presidents and examine the influence these breeds had on the dog world as well as the American public at large.

“The majority of our presidents have shared the White House with a dog, and these presidential pooches have become an integral piece of our history,” said Alan Fausel, executive director of the museum. “The new ‘Presidential Dogs’ exhibit looks back at some of the most famous four-legged friends in American History, and we are thrilled to welcome visitors back to The AKC Museum of the Dog with such an important historical exhibition.”

The exhibition will contain artwork from The AKC Museum of Dog collection, historic documents from the AKC archives and photo reproductions. Some breeds highlighted in the exhibit will include Airedale Terriers, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, English Springer Spaniels, Foxhounds, Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs, Scottish Terriers and Welsh Terriers.

Using The AKC Museum of the Dog app (available on Google Play Store and the App store), visitors will be able to vote for their favorite presidential dog featured in the new exhibit.

The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, preserves, interprets and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs. The museum, according to officials, is home to more than 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages.

The AKC Museum of the Dog is following new safety policies and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific details can be found in the video below.