Outfoxed: Fox Terriers and Friends

January 24, 2024 - April 28, 2024

Sponsored By: The American Fox Terrier Club 


Over the past 150 years Fox terriers, both Smooth and Wire have been among the most popular and versatile breeds, whether on the hunt with the hounds, as their name implies, in the field chasing rabbits, in the barn ratting, or these days, as a delightfully upbeat companion dog.

Of all the breeds represented in the collection of the AKC Museum of the Dog, the Fox Terrier ranks among the highest with just under 100 depictions in paintings, prints, sculpture and porcelain.  Not just in sheer number, but also in the quality and importance of the dogs portrayed that makes this collection so special. For that reason, the museum felt it appropriate to mount its first exhibition devoted to a breed since we re-opened in New York.

The exhibition Outfoxed: Fox Terriers and Friends will explore at the development of the breed, the variety of their jobs and chronicle the many champions in the collection.

The list of famous Fox Terriers in the show reads like a who’s who in the history of the breed. The visitor will encounter portrayals of such notables as follows:

  • Belgrave Joe - one of the early fathers of the breed
  • Cackler of Notts - The Duchess of Newcastle’s masterpiece
  • Caesar - (Cackler’s son) Edward VII’s beloved companion
  • The Totteredge Eleven - Francis Redmond’s kennel as painted by Arthur Wardle and Maude Earl
  • Nornay Saddler - considered by many as close to perfection in the breed

And where would they be without a supporting cast featuring their prey, foxes, rabbits and rats as well as their companions the Foxhounds? Works showing the breed “on the job” will feature prominently as well. The exhibition will be supported by images and documents supplied by the AKC Library and Archives noting Fox Terriers’ show successes and their place in popular culture.

The opening reception for this exhibtion will take place on Tuesday, January 23, from 6-8 p.m. and is open to Members and invited guests. Members RSVP here. For more informaiton about the opening please email membership@museumofthedog.org

Lead Image: "Terriers and Butterflies" by Arthur Wardle (British, 1864-1949). Oil on Canvas. 18'x14". Gift of the Estate of Cynthia S. Wood. 

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