Most people who are interested in dog breeds know that George Washington is credited for developing the American Foxhound. His favorite Foxhound, “Sweet Lips,” accompanied him on trips.
But, did you know that George and Martha Washington were dog lovers and they had a number of other breeds at Mt. Vernon?
Spaniels were used to flush birds when Washington went hunting, and terriers were kept to manage the rat population in the barn.
Finally, a Newfoundland named “Gurmer” was used to hunt ducks at Mt. Vernon.
Happy, happy Presidents’ Day to all of you!