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  • Writer's pictureMarina Veronica

Dogs in Art: Which breed appears in this Renoir painting?

Originally bred as working dogs:

Though not classified as a terrier, this dog was originally bred to work like one. His job was to exterminate rats and other pests in German stables of the 1600s.

Personality: Standing less than a foot tall, these sturdy terrier-like dogs approach life with great confidence. “This isn’t a breed you train,” a professional dog handler tells us, “He’s like a human. You befriend him.”

They can be willful and domineering, but are mostly loyal, affectionate, and always entertaining.


The dense, harsh coat is described as “neat but shaggy” and comes in several colors; the gait is light and confident.

Influence on two later European breeds:

This dog is thought to have been an influence on the development of such later European breeds such as the Brussels Griffon and the Miniature Schnauzer.

Name of the breed:

Affenpinscher. (The name Affenpinscher is German for “monkey dog” or “ape terrier.”) Eventually, Affenpinschers were brought indoors to rid the kitchen of mice. In time, they became dual-purpose dogs: ratters by day, and by night devoted bed-warming companions for the lady of the house.

Answer: The Affenpinscher is depicted in Auguste Renoir's Impressionist oil painting called "Luncheon of the Boating Party."

"Dogs in Art" created by Marina Veronica of Sweet Walks Beverly Hills (

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