Dogs online exhibition
The Chinese Year of the Dog was most recently celebrated from 29 January 2006 until 17 February 2007. According to Chinese astrology, people born during the Year of the Dog are loyal, faithful, honest, discreet, fair-minded, practical, stubborn, temperamental, confident and eccentric.
The dog is also recognised as a symbol of loyalty and other noble characteristics in Western art and culture. Such is the importance of "man's best friend" that many artists have painted portraits of actual dogs, including popular family pets and well known working dogs.
This online exhibition includes dogs and dog-related items from National Museums Liverpool’s collections. Some are real dogs, others are mythical, symbolic or merely decorative. Other items are simply named after or used by dogs and their owners.
Follow these links to find out more about each object.
You can see lots more dogs in our collections, why not have a look for them in the following paintings from the art galleries at National Museums Liverpool, or try to find some more yourself?
There are also dogfish swimming around in the Aquarium at World Museum, although these are actually a type of small shark!
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