Editor Susan Chaney visits The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., and finds an impressive collection of painted and sculpted canines. Most are ancillary figures in portrait paintings, faithful companions of the well-to-do. Others are carved out of rock or forged from metal with great sensitivity. Susan describes some of her favorite pieces and extends an open invitation to fellow art lovers.
The French Bulldog’s appeal is the kind that crosses borders easily. English, French and American breeders have each been taken by the Frenchie’s charms, and each has played a roll in its development. Although the breed’s ears are its raison d’être, they are but two of the reasons this companionable clown attracts a devoted following.
Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
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My Favorite Things: Dog Art Close to Home
By Susan Chaney
Dogs have been so integral to our lives for so long that you can find artistic representations of them just about anywhere you go.
In addition to being a dog lover, I’m an art lover. Although I grew up in Southern California, which isn’t exactly the fine-art hub of America, it certainly has some venues that are worth repeat visits over the years. more
Breeder Buzzwords – The French Bulldog
By Dan Sayers
The first French Bulldog I ever saw was a brindle bundle of energy walking with his owner through Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. It was early evening as the pair strolled around the central fountain causing a minor sensation as they went. It seemed that everyone in the park that night had come to say hello to the energetic dog with the big ears and corkscrew tail.
I can recall several onlookers commenting on the dog’s resemblance to E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial. more