For some, the idea of a dog being part of someone’s aesthetic is off – putting. After all, dogs aren’t accessories. However, when dogs are truly companions as they were to Audrey Hepburn, they can become almost synonymous with their owners. Hepburn was among the first in Hollyood to bring her dogs along everywhere she could, in turn making it glamorous to have a beloved pooch underfoot – and unintentionally contributing to the concept of a dog being a chich fashion accessories.
How To Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way Of Life by Melissa Hellstern quoted Hepburn as saying, ‘I walk my dogs to keep me fit. I talk to my dogs, which keeps me sane. I can’t think of anything that makes one happier than to cuddle and play and start the day with a warm puppy’. She also referred to her dogs as her ‘little hamburgers’. Dogs were an integral part of Hepburn’s happiness and beame part of her public image because they where so often by her side both on sets and in her private life.
While she is often remembered as having Yorkshire terriers, Hepburn was photographed with many dogs throughout her life, including Yorkshire terriers, poodles, Jack Russell terriers, and a boxer. Her most well – known canine companion was a Yorkshire terrier appropriately named Mr.Famous. He traveled to be on location with Hepburn for her films and even appeared for a cameo in Funny Face. During breaks on set, Hepburn was known to ride her bicycle with Mr.Famous in the basket.
The inseparable nature of the pair helped to popularize the idea of small dogs as constant companions and even accessories. Mr.Famous often had his hair in a bow, turning him into a living fashion statement. When Mr. Famous died after he was hit by a car on Wilshire Boulevard, Hepburn’s first husband Mel Ferrer gave her a second Yorshire terrier named Asam of Asam, who also accompanied Hepburn as she worked – further establishing small dogs as part of Hepburn’s aesthetic.
In addition to the photos Hepburn took with her Yorkshire terriers, she was photographed with the poodles who appeared with her in the film Sabrina. Getty Images suggests Hepburn may’ve also had a poodle as a pet but little additional information exists about Hepburn owning poodles – and, the poodle she was photographed with looks like one of the poodles that appeared in the film. Regardless of whether she actually owned a poodle herself, photographs with Hepburn and poodles have remained iconic images from her life and connected the actress to the sylish breed.
While limited information exists about all of the dogs Hepburn owned throughout her life, she appears to have had many canine companions from a variety of brreds over the years. In 1950, she was photographed with what looks to be a boxer at Richmond Park in London. Getty Images identifies the dog as Hepburn’s pet. As an older woman, she was also photographed at her home with three Hack Russell terriers snuggled up with her on the sofa. She had five Jack Russelss in all: Missy, Tuppy, Penny, Piceri, and Jackie.
It seems Hepburn developed a taste for smaller dogs as her career progressed – the boxer was one of the largest dogs Hepburn was photographed with over the years and did not fit as closely with the aestheitc of having a small dog to take everywhere. Still, Hepburn appeared to thoroughly enjoy the big dog’s company and managed to look chic romping with him through the park.
Looking back on Hepburn’s life, it’s easy to see how her love for dogs connected to her other passions. Hepburn was a humanitarian and a mom and greatly enjoyed caring for others. This love and caring is also evident in the photos of Hepburn with her dogs – they were a source of joy and companionship for her throughout her life. And, some of the most iconic images of Hepburn included her canine companions, further connecting them as an important part of her aesthetic.