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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Monday, November 16, 2015


Hans Hoffmann, An Affenpinscher (detail), 1580, watercolor and gouache on vellum. Kasper Collection, New York.
I didn't know you could give an Affenpinscher a lion cut, but apparently in late 16thc Germany that was doable.  "Affenpinscher" is German for "monkey terrier."  The breed was developed there as a fast, cute little ratcatcher for the kitchens of the time, but even the most useful little dog will find its way into the laps of the fashionable if it's cute enough.

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