Not much is known about the dogs of the RMS Titanic, but it is generally agreed that there were 12 dogs aboard the Titanic (eyewitness accounts), all of whom belonged to first class passengers. Only three survived. They were Lady, a Pomeranian belonging to Margaret Hays who was wrapped by her owner in a blanket and carried into a lifeboat; Sun Yat-sen, a Pekinese belonging to Henry and Myra Harper; and a small Pomeranian belonging to Elizabeth Rothschild.
The other dogs were:
- a King Charles Spaniel and an Airedale belonging to William Carter
- Kitty, John Jacob Astor IV’s Airedale
- a fox terrier owned by William Dulles
- a Great Dane belonging to Ann Isham (she was very fond of him, and refused to get into a lifeboat without him. Her body was later found floating with her arms still around him)
- a prize French Bulldog called Gamin de Pycombe owned by Robert Daniels
- a toy poodle owned by Helen Bishop
- and two other unknown dogs.
Sometime during the sinking, a crew member unlocked the kennels and let the dogs out so they could have a chance to survive.