General George Custer loved his dogs, and he had many of them. Throughout much of his military career, a good number of his dogs accompanied him everywhere. He had so many dogs (40-80) that even if he set out with fifteen or twenty of them, there were still plenty of dogs to stay home with his wife Libby.
Custer’s First Dog After the Civil War
While George Custer likely had dogs before his time at West Point and during his Civil War service, the first documented dog that belonged to the Custers was one named Byron, an English Greyhound that he acquired while he and Libby were stationed in Hempstead, Texas. Soon after this, the general became enamored of the hunting dogs that Texas planters were using, and his friends began giving him a dog or two from their packs. These were Scottish Staghounds, known today as Scottish Deerhounds. Continue reading