Pompey (dog)

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Pompey was the dog of William The Silent, the Prince of Orange. During a campaign against the Spanish, William's dog, Pompey, thwarted an assassination attempt. One night at Hermigny, France, while the prince slept, assassins crept toward his tent. Pompey heard them and began barking and scratching to warn his master, finally jumping on his master's face to alert him to the impending danger.[1][2]

On the monument of William the Silent, at the Church of St. Ursula, in Delft, Pompey is carved lying at his master's feet.[3]

Disputed breed[edit]

There have been differing views on the breed of the dog in this legend. Some refer to the dog as a relative of the pug, yet others believe Pompey was a Kooikerhondje.[4][5][6][7] The dog carved in the monument at Delft does not have a flat face[8] and was in 1873 referred to as a "spaniel" by a U.S. court.[9]

Hendrick de Keyser's terracotta model for the mortuary statue of William I, Prince of Orange with Pompey is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.[10]


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  3. ^ Ernest Harold Baynes (1919). The Book of Dogs: An Intimate Study of Mankind's Best Friend (2009 Reprint ed.). Cornell University Library. ISBN 978-1-112-50887-5. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
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  8. ^ "Prince William of Orange lies here. | Flickr – Condivisione di foto!". Flickr.com. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  9. ^ District of Columbia. Supreme Court (1863-1936); Arthur MacArthur (1875). Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia: (general Term,) at the April and September Terms of 1873 [to the September Term, 1879, Inclusive]. W.H. & O.H. Morrison. pp. 53–. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  10. ^ "William of Orange - Historical figures - Rijksstudio - Rijksmuseum". Retrieved 2016-09-30.