ABOUT THE COLLECTION
The permanent collection of the museum is one of the finest and largest collections of canine-related fine art and artifacts in the world. It comprises paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, ceramics and bronzes. Additionally, objects such as trophies, collars and other dog-related works are included in the collection.
Opened in 1982, the museum has depended primarily on donations to build its holdings. Large gifts and bequests from Frank Sabella, Marie Moore, Dornwald Kennels and the estate of Nancy-Carol Draper form the core of the collection.
A number of the highlights of the painting collection came through the estate of Cynthia S. Wood and generous donations from the Westminster Kennel Foundation, such as Sir Edwin Landseer’s Deerhound and Recumbent Foxhound and English Setter in Field by Percival Rosseau, given respectively. The museum’s inventory is also rich in the works for Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle.
The tradition of Animalier bronzes is celebrated in the galleries. In addition to examples by Pierre-Jules Mene and Antoine Louis Barye, modern works by 20th c. masters Richard Fath and June Harrah are on display.
Representations of dogs in ceramic goes back centuries, and the collection reflects that rich history. One can encounter works from Staffordshire spill vases to modern day productions of many breeds from factories such as Meissen, Rosenthal, and Royal Doulton.
While the museum collection is particularly deep in depictions of Mastiffs, Bulldogs, Great Danes, and German Shepherd Dogs, most breeds are represented in the collection but may not be on display. Much of the collection is photographed and can be accessed through this website.
Out of courtesy to our neighbors, only service dogs and invited demonstration dogs are allowed in the museum.