Some types of mascots are animal mascots, such as huskies, bulldogs or tigers; human mascots that reflect a group of people, such as leprechauns or Native American tribes; and descriptive mascots that reflect school history, such as the Aggies. Some schools use live animals as mascots.
Northern Illinois University uses a husky named Diesel as its mascot. The University of Georgia uses a bulldog for its mascot, and Louisiana State University uses a tiger. Louisiana State has a live tiger that makes appearances at athletic events. Similarly, Southern Methodist Uses a live pony at football games as its Peruna mascot.
Texas A&M calls the student body the Aggies to reflect the school's agricultural roots and educational emphasis. The school uses a full-blooded collie as its physical mascot, and the collie appears at sporting events and other campus gatherings. The University of Notre Dame uses a leprechaun, and the nickname "the Fighting Irish" as a mascot to reference Irish heritage. Although increasingly controversial, Native American mascots represent a number of college and professional teams, such as the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs.