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Meet DogVinci, the canine artist with pro painting skills — and looks!

Meet DogVinci, the talented canine artist who not only plays the part...but looks the part, too!

The beret-wearing black Labrador retriever, known as "Dagger II aka DogVinci," lives with his owner in New York and has garnered fans on Facebook for his impressive painting skills.

His owner, artist Yvonne Dagger, told TODAY.com that the dog developed dexterity skills during the time he spent training to become a service dog.

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"Dagger was on the path to becoming a highly trained assistance dog for Canine Companions for Independence," she said, adding that he spent close to three months in training before being released from the program because of "insecurity."

Although he ended training early, Yvonne realized that Dagger had a "great desire to use the commands he learned... whenever he could."

Yvonne told TODAY.com that the black lab loved to watch her work in the studio. "One day, I said, 'Hey, Dagger, do you want to paint?' Well, his tail started to wag like crazy and he got so excited."

The artist explained that simple words like "push" morphed into commands like "paint."

And even though Dagger's career as a service dog was cut short, his painting ability allows him to contribute in a different way.

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Proceeds from the sale of the dog's pieces (and he's already sold a few!) go to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that works to train and provide assistance dogs.

"Dagger’s works are all abstract. He paints free and uninhibited," Yvonne said. And, in case you were wondering, "he loves to pick the color paint he uses!"

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