Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fredericksburg Dog Auction - Held Annually Since 1677

I found this clipping in a 1949 dog food company promotional pamphlet.  Apparently Gaines took a cue from the Ripley's Believe it or Not column, but focused on dogs.

I did a little research and this is what I found out. As early as 1600, American colonists and local indigenous people (Manahoac) would set aside their differences for one day and trade furs and produce for prized English hunting dogs.  However, the Virginia Assembly passed a law in 1619 forbidding the sale of dogs to Indians. That law was lifted in 1677, and since then, albeit sporadically, the dog auction has taken place in Fredericksburg.  Today the auction is more like a celebration of dogs, with canine agility demonstrations, Indian crafts and dog parades. Read more about the Fredericksburg Dog Auction.


  1. I think any community event that promotes the welfare, love and caring for our canine furry mates get my thumbs up! I've only been to one local community fun day for owners and their dogs, and what a wonderful experience it was....I was also pleasantly surprised to see how well all dogs behaved around each other, they definitely had a wonderful social day......

  2. That sounds like a wonderful event to attend and interesting to learn about the history throughout the years.