Joseph Smith's Dog, Old Major
Joseph Smith, Dog, Man's best friend, Mormon Studies, Early Church History
During the march of Zion's Camp in 1834, Samuel Baker presented Joseph Smith with a dog named Major. This dog became very attached to and protective of Joseph. The dog was probably an English mastiff, a breed known for loyalty. Joseph reportedly told Aaron W. Harlan, an Iowa resident, that when Joseph had been a prisoner in Missouri (probably in Liberty Jail in 1838-1839), that this dog could not be separated from him and kept watch over him while he slept. Joseph reciprocated this fidelity by tending him with affection.
Original Publication Citation
“Joseph Smith’s Dog, Old Major,” BYU Studies Quarterly 56, no. 4 (2017): 53–67.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Baugh, Alexander L., "Joseph Smith's Dog, Old Major" (2017). Faculty Publications. 3740.
Church History and Doctrine