Possessing a dog of wonderful size and beauty, which had cost him seventy minas, he had its tail cut off, and a beautiful tail it was, too. His comrades chid him for this, and declared that everybody was furious about the dog and abusive of its owner. But Alcibiades burst out laughing and said: "That's just what I want; I want Athens to talk about this, that it may say nothing worse about me.
Hmm…politicians! Alcibiades wanted people to talk about his dog, and Jennings probably felt the same way. He shipped his Dog back to England, where it became famous and was dubbed Jennings Dog. Jennings himself was called Dog-Jennings! Many replicas were made—sometimes in pairs and always with intact tails-- because, as Dr Johnson said, the Dog made “ a most noble appearance in a gentleman's hall". By 1778, Jennings had to sell the Dog to settle gambling debts. Charles Duncombe bought it for 1,000 guineas (£1050) and for the next 150 years the Dog guarded the entrance to the family home, Duncombe Park. In 1925, inheritance taxes forced the conversion of Duncombe Park to a girls’ school. In 2001, it was sold. At that point, the Dog of Alcibiades went up for sale too. Frantic fund raising secured the sculpture for the nation. As a result, you can now see the Dog of Alcibiades, or Jennings Dog, in the British Museum.
The popularity of the Dog resulted in copies popping up in various parks and public places throughout Britain in ensuing decades. You can still see a pair in the grounds of Basildon Park in the UK. And a 19thC pair formed part of the estate of the NY billionairess Leona Helmsly who bequeathed $12 million to her Maltese poodle.