Georgette Heyer Goes to the Dogs

Considering that Georgette Heyer was a lifelong lover of dogs, it is not surprising that they feature in several of her novels.  The standout canine 19th Century Hunting Companionscharacter is, undoubtedly, Lufra the “Baluchistan Hound” from Frederica.  But there are others, too.  In Arabella, we have the privilege of meeting Ulysses, the “unkempt and filthy mongrel” who, after being rescued from the streets by Arabella, is adopted by Mr. Beaumaris.  In Friday’s Child, we are introduced to Pug, a “nasty, smelly little brute” that Hero is compelled to take for daily walks.  In The Grand Sophy, we make the acquaintance of Tina, a “fairy-like little greyhound.”  And last, but certainly not least, who can forget Bouncer, the giant “half lurcher, half mastiff” from The Reluctant Widow?

Do you have a particular favorite?  Cast your vote below!  And if dogs aren’t your cup of tea, feel free to write in the kitchen-cat from Venetia, Jacko the monkey from The Grand Sophy, or any other Georgette Heyer pet that strikes your fancy.

The Poll is Now Closed.

The Results:

1st Place: Ulysses from Arabella with 46% of the vote.

2nd Place: Lufra from Frederica with 30% of the vote.

3rd Place: Bouncer from The Reluctant Widow with 18% of the vote.

4th Place: Tina from The Grand Sophy with 6% of the vote.

And poor Pug from Friday’s Child got no votes at all.

Thank you for voting!


Mimi Matthews is the author of The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries (to be released by Pen and Sword Books in November 2017).  She researches and writes on all aspects of nineteenth century history—from animals, art, and etiquette to fashion, beauty, feminism, and law. 

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6 thoughts on “Georgette Heyer Goes to the Dogs

  1. Vickie says:

    Mimi – As an animal lover myself it is always quite nice when an author adds pets to the story line. It makes the heroine/hero that much more human.

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  2. Margaret Dean says:

    There are also a couple of named dogs in Venetia; Flurry the spaniel, who is with Venetia when she meets Damerel, and Aubrey’s pointer Bess, who is in the same “interesting condition” as the new Lady Lanyon. 🙂

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    • Mimi Matthews says:

      Thanks for the comment, Margaret! I came so close to putting Flurry on the list!! And poor Bess, accused by Mrs. Scorrier of “endangering the succession” of all things! I would have added many more dogs to the list, but didn’t want it to get too long. Feel free to write in your choices!


    • Mimi Matthews says:

      Me too, Anne! Heyer really knew dogs and I imagine that many of the unique characteristics possessed by dogs in her novels were things she had experienced first hand with dogs of her own. Thanks for the comment!


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