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Katharina's fluffy white lapdog is almost a twin to her feathery headdress. I'm never surprised to see a small dog in wifely portraits, since it's iconic shorthand for "loyal and faithful," but without that fellow I can't help but feel she would topple to the left out of view. (Note, though, that she's said to have been the steelier of the two.) As for Henry, it takes a look or two to even see the tall, powerful dog with his stout and appliqued collar. An imposing dog for an imposing man, if a touch lost behind all that slashing and puffing in the clothing.