Homemade entertainment has been a big part of our lives recently, as we have hunkered down with family, flat-mates, lovers – and pets. We’ve all seen those videos and images on social media of dogs doing amazing tricks with random things around the home – such as balancing boxes of eggs or piles of doughnuts on their noses. As a tribute to these clever lockdown buddies, here are five sculptures of balancing dogs (who knew that was even a genre?!).

5 artworks
Dog Performing Head Stands
© the artist. Image credit: Bury Art Museum

Dog Performing Head Stands

Marjan Wouda (b.1960)

Bronze

H 6.8 cm

Bury Art Museum

Architectonic Bitch
© the artist. Image credit: Museums & Galleries Edinburgh – City of Edinburgh Council

Architectonic Bitch

David Annand (b.1948)

Bronze resin, brass & wood

H 135 x W 97 x D 48 cm

Museums & Galleries Edinburgh – City of Edinburgh Council

Deerhound Hall Table
Image credit: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Deerhound Hall Table 1855

John Bell (1811–1895)

Cast iron

H 105.7 x W 190 x D 133 cm

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Dog and Dog's Dinner
© the artist. Image credit: Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey Archive and Museum Service)

Dog and Dog's Dinner c.1990–1995

Sue Whimster (b.1948)

Unglazed pottery

H 18 x W 23 x D 10 cm

Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey Archive and Museum Service)

Model of a Dog
Image credit: Hospitalfield

Model of a Dog

Joseph Gott (1785–1860)

Terracotta

H 7.8 x W 7 x D 9.5 cm

Hospitalfield