Dog mu­seum un­leashed

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It’s a mu­seum that in­vites vis­i­tors to come! Sit! And stay.

The Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club Mu­seum of the Dog opens on Fe­bru­ary 8 in mid­town Man­hat­tan, re­turn­ing to New York af­ter three decades on the out­skirts of St Louis.

The col­lec­tion boasts por­traits of royal and pres­i­den­tial pets, arte­facts that trace ca­nine his­tory as far back as an es­ti­mated 30 mil­lion-year-old fos­sil, and de­vices that ‘‘match’’ vis­i­tors’ faces with dog breeds and let peo­ple try their hand at ba­sic dog train­ing with a vir­tual puppy.

While there won’t be ac­tual dogs ex­cept for spe­cial oc­ca­sions, the mu­seum hopes to give vis­i­tors ‘‘an un­der­stand­ing of the his­tory of dogs, how they came to be in such dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety’’, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Alan Fausel said.

About 150 pieces from the ken­nel club’s ex­ten­sive, mostly do­nated col­lec­tion are on view at the mu­seum, which also has a li­brary area for pe­rus­ing some of the club’s 15 000 books.

Pic­ture: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

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