All About Serena Williams’ Dogs

Published 03/17/2023, 3:52 PM EDT

Serena Williams believes in living a life that is shared with others, and it doesn’t necessarily mean human companions. She only hides the most intimate details of her life from her fans and followers. Her dogs, on the other hand, are no mystery to the world. The ‘Queen of the Court’ never misses a chance to share their pictures on social media. Her fans are aware of their breeds, names, and age, as they are used to seeing them frequently.

Serena Williams is a proud dog mother

Serena Williams has loved her dogs more than anything. The Williams family got their first furry family member in 1999. The puppy named Jackie Pete was named after the American tennis legend, Pete Sampras. She got her next dog, Lauerlei, in 2004 and her other dog, Christopher “Chip” Rafael Nadal, a little later.


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All three dogs have made occasional appearances on her official media accounts. However, none more so than Christopher ‘Chip’ Rafael Nadal.

All the breeds of dogs Serena Williams has

Her first puppy, Jackie Pete, was a Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack Russell Terrier originated from England for fox hunting. Usually, the dog has a white body and can have a coat of any color and be smooth, rough, or broken-coated. Unfortunately, Jackie passed away in 2015. Williams shared a post on her Instagram page as a tribute to Jackie’s life with her.

Lauerlei was a Shih Tzu with a white coat and the big puppy eyes. Originally from Tibet, the Shih Tzu is a breed characterized by small dogs. They are identified by their long coats, floppy ears, huge round eyes, and small snouts. Lauerlei also passed away last year in August. She honored her the same way she did Jackie. Williams shared nine pictures of her, with and without Jackie and Chip.

Christopher ‘Chip’ Rafael Nadal is a Yorkshire Terrier who has black and brown coat. The Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog breed from Britain, characterized by long, silky coats and a slender body.


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The Rafael Nadal connection with Serena Williams’ dog

Serena Williams’ Yorkie, Christopher ‘Chip’ Rafael Nadal, has a great story behind his name. The name for the black and brown puppy wasn’t chosen randomly. Williams has a great bond with the 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, which became the motivation for the name. Like the Spaniard, Chip is a celebrity in his own right.

Her love for ‘Nadal’ is shown constantly as the pup has his own Instagram account with over 13k followers.

Serena Williams misses her beloved dog

In August 2022, Serena Williams unfortunately lost her Shih Tzu. She announced on August 28th that her second dog has passed away after 18 years. Williams shared a few heartwarming pictures to remember Laurlei’s life with her and her other pets. She also wrote a touching caption that detailed how much she missed Lauerlei.

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Williams told her followers that Lauerlei lived a long and happy life. Her last year and a half was the bonus time she got to spend with her family. She also added that the 18 year old puppy was spoiled rotten and got everything she wanted.


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Serena Williams’ dog moments at her tournaments

The Queen of the Court has had her furry family members accompanying her for matches ever since she was a novice WTA player. In 2001, Jackie attended a match of Williams. She was accompanied by Williams’ father, Richard, who was holding Jackie close to him. Richard even pointed Jackie at Williams, which led to Jackie wagging her tail in excitement.

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In another instance of her dogs supporting her, Chip attended a practice session of Williams. He was seen courtside while Williams was practicing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She also scooped up the tiny dog before she prepared for the practice session.

Which one of Serena’s furry family members is your favorite?



Ripunjay Gaba

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Ripunjay is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his bachelor’s in Economics at Ambedkar University, New Delhi and worked as a freelance writer for a renowned sports publication, covering various social media personalities. Ripunjay is a diehard Roger Federer fan, whose dominance on the ATP Tour made him fall in love with tennis.

Edited By: Tony Thomas