Skip to main content

General Washington loved dogs, and so do we. Mount Vernon invites guests to enjoy this landmark property along with their pets. Learn more about dogs on the Estate, yesterday and today.

Soldier, Statesman, Dog Lover

When it came to pooches, George Washington had a sense of humor—and a tender side, too.

Learn more about Washington's Dogs

Historic Hunting and Working Dogs

Learn more about some of the dogs who actually worked at the Estate in Washington's time.

View Encyclopedia Article

French Hounds

George Washington's love of dogs and foxhunting is well documented. However, some of Washington's dogs did not share his inclination for the sport.

Learn more
All the President's Pups
Walking Tour

All the President's Pups

Bring your dog along for this 1.25-mile walking tour and explore canine life at Mount Vernon.

Learn more

Dog Visitation Policy

Dogs are welcome at Mount Vernon! For the comfort of all our guests, and to preserve the home and final resting place of Washington, we ask pet owners to observe and adhere to a few simple guidelines.

Review the policy

Did Martha Washington Have a Dog?

Elizabeth Keaney, our Martha character interpreter, provides the answer.


Throughout his lifetime, George Washington enjoyed fox hunting during the fall and winter at Mount Vernon, often inviting his neighbors and business associates to join him in the sport.

Learn more