The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis closed its doors for good last month. But don’t worry, you can still see the “world’s finest collection of art devoted to the dog.” The collection is on its way to AKC headquarters in New York, where it will be available to an even bigger audience from around the world.
I was lucky enough to visit the original St. Louis location in its last week of operation, and spend almost three hours strolling through the two-level museum. There were artistic renderings of all types of dogs, from Chihuahuas to bullmastiffs, in every medium from oil paintings to carved wood. Read on to see some of the cutest, funniest, classiest, weirdest, and overall bestest puppos from the Museum of the Dog!
This total boss
Horatio Henry Couldery’s “The President” depicts a Newfoundland in charge. I’d vote for that dog!
This midcentury marvel
This is one of two life-sized porcelain Great Danes from 1960 on display at the museum.
These three champs
Mr. J Royle’s Distinguished Champions of the Show Block
This line-up of stately show dogs hails from the late 19th century.
This proud Chihuahua
This serious poodle with a silly name
Damara Bolte’s St. Francis of Assisi with Ch. Rumskittle Romp
Let me repeat: Rumskittle. Romp.
This perfect porcelain bull terrier
The museum had a large collection of porcelain dog figurines, every one more impressive than the next, but this buff bull terrier was my favorite. Just look at those chest muscles!
This stunning beaded boxer
Think this 19th-century dog purse will fit an iPhone?
These good good cake boys
Painted by Charles Van den Eycken, this painting is titled, appropriately, Willpower.
This incredibly cute couple
R.P. Lester, Poodles Resting.
Wouldn’t this make the cutest wedding cake topper for a couple of poodle enthusiasts?
This beautiful basset
Uli Kuess, Ch. Hiflite Briarcrest Extra Man
Basset hounds can be pretty goofy, but this guy is a true sophisticate.
These WWII propaganda pups
Look closely at their collars. These dogs each represent one of the Allied powers from World War 2: the bulldog from Great Britain, the Borzoi from Russia, the Pekingese from China, and the Boston Terrier from America.
This impressive group of friends
William Henry Hamilton Trood’s A Domestic Scene.
Don’t you wish you could hop into this painting Mary Poppins-style and hang out with this great group of friends?
This carousel Queen
Carved in the late 19th century, this impressive Mastiff was made by L.D. Looff, creator of the first carousel at Coney Island.
These playful pups
Who knew bronze could be so cute! These life-sized dachshunds were incredibly detailed, from nose to tail.
This simply stunning display of artistry at its finest
J/k, that’s a real dog! What kind of dog museum would it be if it weren’t dog-friendly?