Elvis’ Dogs (Before He Left the Building)

Elvis Presley may have been most associated with “hound dogs,” but he actually owned several breeds in his all too short life.  At Graceland, he had a Great Pyrenees named, “Muffin,” a Basset Hound,  a couple of Great Danes, a Pomeranian, and in the seventies, a Chow Chow named, “Get Low” who outlived his master by a year. If one breed, however, garnered a bit more affection than the others, it would have been the Poodle.

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Elvis Presley with “Duke,” a Toy Poodle who belonged to Elvis’ mother, Gladys. ‘Duke’ was named after John Wayne

While stationed in Germany, Elvis had a Poodle named “Champagne,” and he would have two more at Graceland. He also gave his beloved mother, Gladys, two Poodles, one named, “SweetPea,” the other, “Duke” (after John Wayne). To an early girlfriend, Anita Wood, he gave a Toy Poodle named “Little Bit,” (though he gave a Maltese, “Foxhugh,” to one of his last girlfriends, Linda Thompson).

In 1962, another girlfriend flew from from Germany to spend Christmas with Elvis at Graceland. Elvis threw a private party for about 30 friends which is where the young lady gave Elvis a wooden cigarette box that played the song, “Surrender” when it was opened. Elvis’ gift to the young lady was a Toy Poodle that she named “Honey.” “She” of course, was Priscilla Presley.

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12 thoughts on “Elvis’ Dogs (Before He Left the Building)”

    • Ashley, thanks! Can you share a source to confirm this?

        • By all accounts, Cindy, Elvis was very soft hearted

        • Thats so sad. I love Elvis Presley, he is my favorite singer and actor besides Leonardo Dicaprio :)!!!! Did y’all know Elvis’s favorite animal was really horses? He loved horses, if any of y’all have been to Graceland you would know that. His favorite horses name was Rising Sun. I want you guys to know that I am only 13 and know this.

          • The King would be thrilled to know that his music endures to this day, Sophie. He was a class act, and there will never be another Elvis. We’re tickled to hear from you.

      • Cathy, we really don’t know what happened to Champagne, but perhaps one of our readers does?

  1. Edmund was actually the name of the handsome little Pom Elvis brought home to Graceland. Rather quickly though, the bond between Edmund & E’s Aunt Delta was obvious, so he gifted the furry little ball of love to Delta❤️ None of them could have known both Delta and Edmund would outlive Elvis himself😔💔❤️‍🩹
    E’s love for animals, the voiceless, just another example of who he was as a person- not a performer😇

    Source: Chicago Tribune,
    By Bob Greene
    Chicago Tribune
    •August 17, 1986

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