Assistance, Therapy Dogs and Pets in Art (Museums & Galleries)

Therapy Dogs, painting by Bennette Rowan

If one searches through museums and galleries of art, you can, almost invariably, find portraits of intriguing characters distinguished by the dog on his or her lap, at their feet, in the fields or even, in their bed. But of special note are those museums and galleries dedicated to our canine and feline friends.  One museum of particular interest welcomes our furry partners: The Dog Museum of America.  Other fine repositories of images and sculptures include: The National Bird Dog Museum and an on-line museum that honors the Border Collie.

In addition to museums, there are art galleries both in the United States and abroad that specialize in canine and feline subjects.

Finally, there are specific artists whose work may be best known for their work with dogs or cats.  In a later blog, we’ll review some of the most memorable paintings in this area.


•    The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
1721 S. Mason Rd.
West St. Louis County, Missouri

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog: “The 14,000 sq. ft. facility, which includes historic Jarville House (1853), displays over 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, and a variety of decorative arts objects depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages.” (Description excerpt from:

•    The National Bird Dog Museum

Bird Dog sculpture

505 Hwy 57, Grand Junction, TN 38039
Phone: (731) 764-2058
The National Bird Dog Museum: “This museum is “a repository of information, art, photography, and memorabilia reflecting a variety of pointing dog and retriever breeds, hunting, field trial activities, and shooting sports.” (Description excerpt from:

•    The Border Collie Museum
An online museum dedicated to the shepherd’s dog, its history, culture, and lore through the eyes of artists, writers, poets, and historians; and to the shepherds that used their herding dogs to bring the flocks safely down from the hills. (Description excerpt from the museum’s web site:


There are a number of fine-art galleries that specialize in canine and feline subjects.  Here are just two with excellent displays of animal art:

•    William Secord Fine Arts (New York City )
Secord Fine Arts also keeps its customers’ breed preferences and will notify you of any new items of interest.

•    Dog & Horse Fine Art and Portraiture (Charleston, SC, in South Carolina)
“. . . a source for dog and horse paintings and sculptures by top quality nationally and internationally known artists in the United States and Europe who create 21st century works of art, as well as portraits of animals and their human counterparts.”

The above is only a partial listing of museums and galleries which feature our companion animals.  If you have a favorite museum that features dogs (or other animals), please let us know by sending the name and address in the comment/reply box below.  Thank you for sharing!


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6 Responses to Assistance, Therapy Dogs and Pets in Art (Museums & Galleries)

  1. Kathleen Kaska August 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Another great post, Patricia. I have a print by Wyeth “Master Bedroom.” Even though my dogs are no longer with me (accept in spirit), it gives me comfort to have a picture of a dog curled up on a bed over MY beg.

    • Dr. B August 9, 2012 at 5:00 am #

      Kathleen, I know exactly the picture you mean and I loved the sentiment you expressed.
      Sweet dreams! Patricia

  2. Norman Wilson August 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    A most interesting article. I had no idea that there was such a thing as a dog art museum. Is there a museum dedicated to portraits of service dogs?

    • Dr. B August 9, 2012 at 4:58 am #

      What a lovely idea — a museum dedicated to pictures of service dogs. Alas, I have not heard of one.

  3. Marie Grime August 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Since 1971, when I left my hometown of Charleston for Miami, Charleston has evolved beautifully as a tourism town. I am still proud and delighted to hear or read something new about Charleston, especially in this post by Dr. Bloom, where the dog and horse fine art museum was mentioned.

    In the ‘60’s, I lived on Church Street a few blocks south of Broad, so this art museum is down the street from there. The museum’s home page slide show included a picture of what appeared to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback. The painting reminded me of one painted by a late Charlestonian artist friend. A check through the inventory did not bring up that painting, but its inventory was impressive nonetheless.

    During my last years in Charleston, a local periodical known as the James Island Journal ran my column named simply, “Dogs,” about dog shows or dog training events and results. Because The News & Courier, as Charleston’s local daily was called back then, ignored their major accomplishments, dog people took their case to the Journal’s editor Charles Diggle. I agreed to write the news releases on canine events, and response was so positive that, by the third publication, it became a weekly column.

    As the articles were published, the Journal office received so many requests from outlying areas around Charleston, I heard after I left for Miami that Diggles expanded his editions to several of these outlying areas. At some point over the decades since then, the Journals went of print, but they had a good run.

    Media people greatly underestimate the popularity of dogs and dog lovers until they take a chance on us. The next time we head back to Charleston, I will check out that art museum. Thanks, Dr. Bloom, for the information.

  4. Dog Painting November 13, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Here’s a link regarding a Dog Mushing Museum –

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