• Marina Veronica

Which type of dog appears in this 19th c. masterpiece? Who painted it? (Art Name Game)

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.

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.

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 mostly Affens are loyal, affectionate, and always entertaining. Affen people say they love being owned by their little monkey dogs.


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:

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

Answer: The dog, an affenpinscher, is depicted in Auguste Renoir's impressionist oil painting named "Luncheon of the Boating Party."

Image: https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/luncheon-of-the-boating-party

Text Source: https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/affenpinscher/

Art Name Game created by Marina Veronica of Sweet Walks VIP Pet Care Beverly Hills (SweetWalksVIP.com)

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