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Pet Photography- Capturing Dog’s peculiarities and knowing their breed

Updated on January 14, 2016

Man's Best Friend

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The Domestic dog

According to biology concerned with the classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure, origin, the dog forms part of the group of animals called Canidae( these include wolves, jackals, coyotes, dingoes, and foxes,Canis lupus familiaris or canis familiaris) is a domesticated canid which has been selectively bred for millennia for various behaviors, sensory capabilities, and physical attribute.Although initially thought to have a cosmopolitan family of carnivorous mammals that includes the wolves, jackals, foxes, coyote, and the domestic dog.originated as man made variant of anxtant canid species(variously supposed as being the dhole, golden jackal, or gray wolf ),extensive genetic studies undertaken are being carried out since last many years indicate that dogs diverged from extinct wolf like canid in Eurasia 40,000 years ago. Being the oldest domesticated animals, their long association with people has allowed dogs to be uniquely attuned to human behavior, as well as thrive on a starch rich diet which would be inadequate for other canid species.

Though we know that one of its closest ancestor is wolf, but according to some recent scientific research and evidence suggest that the Altai dog may be the forebears of today’s dogs, rather than Wolves.Domesticated dog may have evolved as mutated form of Middle eastern,East Asian or Siberian wolf or from another species of dog.

Dog can be trained to perform many roles for people, such as herding,hunting,protection,pulling loads, assisting police in criminal investigations, military in sniffing explosives etc providing companionship,and aiding handicapped individuals.That is why they are known as Man’s Good Friend.

Bulldog

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Bulldog

Bulldog,English Bulldog,Originated from England, Medium dog breeds,belongs to Non-sporting breed.Their life span is about 8-12 years.Bulldog are very friendly,docile,willful,and gregarious in nature.

The perfect Bulldog must be of medium size and smooth coat; with heavy, thick-set, low-swung body, massive short-faced head, wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. The general appearance and attitude should suggest great stability, vigor and strength. The disposition should be equable and kind, resolute and courageous (not vicious or aggressive), and demeanor should be pacific and dignified. These attributes should be countenanced by the expression and behavior They are mostly found in Fawn,red,fawn&white,grey brindle,white&grey etc.

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Bulldogs are good with kids,cat friendly,dog friendly and they are trainable,intelligent,popular and adaptable.

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Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a compact , short backed,active toy dog. The Pomeranian is a breed of dog is of Spitz type, named for the Pomerania region in central Europe.Classed as a tit dig breed because of its small size, the Pomeranian is descended from the larger Spitz type dogs, specifically the German Spitz.

He has a soft, dense undercoat and a thick coat. Tail is set high, having densely feathered tail flat on his back. He is alert in character, intelligent expression, lively manners and have a curious nature.He is very loyal to owner,very good to kids and cat friendly.

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French Bulldog

Its origin is England,France and also known as Bouledogue Français

It belongs to small,non-sporting breed. French Bulldog appearance is a lively, smart, muscular dog, heavy boned, hair smooth, compact structure, medium or small size. Expression is alert, curious and interested. The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. "Frenchies" were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France. French Bulldog breed is kind, honest, loyal, brave, persistent,have unique taste, and fully revealed in the expression and action. The kind to children, very intelligent,and adaptable.is also tough,have strong ability of a excellent guard dogs.

Pug

Its origin is China and also known as Chinese pug, Dutch bulldog, Dutch mastiff, Mini mastiff, Mops, Carlin.It is a toy dog breed.The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colors, most often fawn or black,white and have a compact square body with well-developed muscles.Pug is small pet dog,a very good family companion,quite intelligent,have a stable personality,gentle in nature,lively with full of fun. Sometimes playful and clownish, sometimes calm and dignified, always sturdy and stable, good-humored and amiable -- this is the Pug.Though peaceful with all the world, the Pug will sound off with his rather odd bark when visitors arrive. Then he will welcome them inside

Black Pug

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with snorts, snuffles, and grunts.They love playing with children and very suitable for feeding in apartment.They are friendly to strangers also,their potential for playfulness is excellent.

Grey Pug

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Mastiff

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English Mastiff

The origin of this dog breed is England, and also known as Old English Mastiff

The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century.

This breed is Protective, Good-natured, Calm, Courageous, Dignified, Affectionate.Adapts well to apartment living.good for novice owner,tolerates being alone, hot and cold weather. Although the Mastiff’s size makes him appear fierce, his temperament is one of good natured docility.But let danger threatens his family and he will step to protect them.

Like any dog, the Mastiff has some less attractive qualities. When he shakes that massive head, drool flies everywhere. You’ll find however, that if you let it dry, it is easily wiped away and often, however this can solved by finding a diet that produces less odorous outcome. He also snores,loudly.Very friendly to kid and dog.

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St.Bernard

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St .Bernard

The St. Bernard or St Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from Swiss Alps and north Italy and Switzerland, originally bred for rescue. The breed has become famous through tales of alpine rescues, as well as for its enormous size, also known as Bernhardshund, Bernhardiner, Alpine Mastiff (archaic), Saint, Saint Bernard.

The Saint Bernard is a giant, strong, muscular dog. As long as the weight stays in proportion with the height, the taller the dog the more prized it is. The massive head is powerful. The muzzle is short, wider than it is long. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The nose is broad, with wide open nostrils, and like the lips is black in color. The medium-sized eyes are set somewhat to the sides and are dark in color. The medium-sized ears are set high, dropping and standing slightly away from the head. The legs are muscular. The feet are large with strong, well-arched toes. The long tail is broad and powerful at the base held low when the dog is relaxed. Dewclaws are usually removed. There are two types of coat: rough and smooth, but both are very dense and come in white with markings in tan, red, mahogany, brindle and black, all in various combinations. The face and ears are usually black. In the rough-coated dogs, the hair is slightly longer and there is feathering on the thighs and legs

Saint Bernard s are extremely gentle, friendly and very tolerant of children. They are slow moving, patient, obedient, extremely loyal, eager and willing to please.

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American Mastiff

Place of origin is United states of America, and it is a large working dog breed.They come in fawn, apricot and brindle colors..The American Mastiff has a much drier mouth than other Mastiffs. The drier mouth is due to out crossing the English Mastiff with Anatolian Mastiff, which occurred early in the development of the breed. The American Mastiff is a large, massive and powerful dog. The head is wide, heavy and rectangular in shape. The eyes are amber in color, the darker the better. The ears are rounded and set high on the head. The muzzle is medium sized, and well-proportioned to the head, which has black mask. The nose is black. It has a scissor bite. The neck is powerful and slightly arched. The chest is deep, broad and well-rounded, descending to the level of elbows. The ribs are well-sprung and extend well back. The back is straight, muscular and powerful, with well-muscled and slightly arched loins. The forelegs are strong, straight and set well apart. The hind legs are wide and parallel. The feet are large, well-shaped and compact with arched toes .The tail is long, reaching the hocks. Puppies are usually born dark and lighten as they grow older, some becoming very light fawn by age one; some retain dark hairs. Colors are fawn, apricot and brindle. White markings acceptable on feet, chest and chin/nose. Temperament: Dignity rather than gaiety; quiet, calm, loving and loyal. Protective, but not aggressive. The dog must have a temperament that is loving and devoted to his family, especially children. A loyal and calm dog, the American Mastiff should be non-aggressive, except when his family is threatened. In such cases, they become fierce and courageous guard dogs.

Doberman

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Doberman Pinscher

Its origin is Germany, the Doberman Pinscher or simply Doberman, is a medium to large breed of domestic dog originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman, a tax collector from Germany.It is a military and police dog. This dog’s appearance is of medium size,his body is square,compact,muscular and looks powerful.He has great endurance and speed.The dog looks elegant alert, brave, loyal and obedient, his style is athletic. The Doberman is intelligent and courageous guard dog as well as loving family companion.

The Dobie's fierce reputation precedes him. He is feared by those who don't know him, stereotyped as highly aggressive and vicious. True, he is a formidable guardian, but he is usually a gentle, watchful, and loving dog. He does not go looking for trouble, but he is fearless and will defend his family and turf if he perceives danger.

Boxer

Boxer’s origin is Germany,also known as German Boxer or Deutscher Boxer . playful,intelligent,friendly,devoted,loyal,calm,cheerful,energetic,confident brae and bright by temperament.Boxer dog is good with kids, cats and dogs, and trainable and very adaptable . Boxer dogs are very good watchdogs.

These dogs comes in medium to large-sizes, short-haired. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn mahogany sealed brindle or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover the entire body.. Loyalty, don't hold a grudge. Especially for children, rich in feeling, easy training, can be used as alarm fire, guard dogs, and can also be used for guide dogs for the blind. Because of its compliance is good.

With minimal grooming needs and legendary patience and gentleness with children, Boxers are great family companions, as long as you provide them with the physical exercise and mental stimulation they need. If you're willing and able to provide them with adequate exercise in the form of walks or runs, they can even adapt to apartment living, so long as they are able to be close to their beloved people. Watching a Boxer run is a delight. They are so exuberant, happy, and graceful, it's sure to bring a smile to your face, especially if they start jumping (something they love to do), twisting, and even turning somersaults to entertain you.

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Poodle

Country of origin are Germany,France.Poodles are also known as PudleCanicheBarbone In fact, the English name poodle is derived from the German word pudel, or pudelin, which means to splash in the water. And in France, Poodles are called Caniche, a name derived from chien canard, meaning duck dog.
There are three different sizes of Poodle, all considered part of the same breed: going from smallest to largest, these are the Toy, the Miniature, and the Standard. The Standard is probably the oldest of the three varieties, and some still carry on the Poodle tradition of working as a water retriever.Poodles are temperamentally very
intelligent, loving, loyal, and mischievous are four words Poodle enthusiasts commonly use to describe the breed's personality. The Poodle is also known for what his fans call "an air of distinction": a dignified attitude that's hard to describe, but easy to spot in the dog.Despite his regal appearance, the Poodle has a goofy streak and loves to play — he's always up for a game of any kind. He's also very fond of people and eager to please. The Poodle is protective of his home and family, and if strangers approach your house, he'll sound a warning bark to let you know. And although he's affectionate with his family, he may take a while to warm up to new people.

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Rottweiler

Rottweiler is strong and true with a loving heart. Affectionately called Rotties or Rotts, the breed originated in Germany, where it was used to drive cattle and pull carts for farmers and butchers. That heritage is reflected in the Rottie's broad chest and heavily muscled body. When he moves, he displays strength and stamina, but when you look into his eyes you see warm, dark-brown pools reflecting a mellow, intelligent, alert, and fearless expression. Alert, Good-nature d, Steady, Devoted, Obedient, Self-assured, Courageous, Calm, Fearless, Confident.The Rottweiler dogs have been used for guarding the cows.It can attack the intruder in case he feels some danger.In order to let the dog obey orders, strict training and consistent training is necessary for them ,leadership, and a regular job to perform. When this doesn't happen, Rottweilers can become dangerous bullies rather than the companionable guardians they're meant to be.Rottweilers walk a fine line between protectiveness and aggressiveness. If they aren't carefully bred for a calm, intelligent temperament and properly socialized and they can become overly protective. That might sound like what you want, but a Rottie who lacks the ability to discriminate is dangerous to everyone he encounters, not just the bad guys.

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Shis Tzu

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Shih Tzu

ShishTzu’s country of origin is China and they are also known as Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog and they come in Liver, Brindle, Black, Blue, White, Black & White, Gold, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Liver & White. Shih Tzu dog with gorgeous hair and beautiful appearance, small size, smart, very gentle, is a popular domestic dogs.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. Befitting his noble Chinese ancestry as a highly valued, prized companion and palace pet, the Shih Tzu is proud of bearing, has a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. Although there has always been considerable size variation, the Shih Tzu must be compact, solid, carrying good weight and substance.
Shih Tzu is an affectionate, happy, outgoing house dog who loves nothing more than to follow his people from room to room.
With his flowing hair sweeping the ground and his topknot elegantly tied, the Shih Tzu does appear snobbish, suited only for lying about a palace on silk pillows. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Shih Tzus are beautiful, but they are also friendly, lively, devoted companions.The Shih Tzu personality is enormously appealing, and even grudging dog observers find it hard to resist this breed. The Shih Tzu simply doesn't allow anyone to ignore him. He was bred to be a friendly companion — he doesn't hunt, or guard — and that's what he is. He loves nothing more than to meet and greet friends and strangers alike. Count on a Shih Tzu to make friends wherever he goes.Interestingly, the Shih Tzu is sometimes called the Chrysanthemum Dog, a nickname that describes the way the hair on his face grows out in all directions — he looks like a flower with a nose for the center.One unique characteristic of the Shih Tzu is his undershot bite. His lower jaw is slightly wider than the upper, and the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth, rather than outside, when his mouth is closed.

Siberian Husky

Country of origin is Siberia,Russia and also known as Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe.With a thick coat that comes in a multitude of colors and markings.They come in Black, Red, Silver, Grey, Brown, White, Black & White, Black & Tan, Copper, Agouti, Sable, Splash, Piebald Their blue or multi-colored eyes and striking facial masks only add to the appeal of this breed. It is easy to see why many are drawn to the Siberian's wolf-like looks, but be aware that this athletic, intelligent dog can be independent and challenging for first-time dog owners Many have fallen in love with the wild nature and pride of Huskies, but are unaware just what this breed is truly like. This is not a breed for everyone. Their beauty often drives people to purchase them, unaware of their difficult traits, which makes many Siberian Huskies prime candidates for shelters.

The increasing popularity of the breed has led to puppy mills and backyard breeders who do not properly breed for temperament. This is having an adverse effect on the breed at large and many of the negative traits are becoming common in these ill-bred dogs, including some traits that are not normal for Siberian Huskies. Well trained Huskies with moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest his Northern heritage. His characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. He performs his original function in harness most capably, carrying a light load at a moderate speed over great distances. His body proportions and form reflect this basic balance of power, speed and endurance. The males of the Siberian Husky breed are masculine but never coarse; the bitches are feminine but without weakness of structure. In proper condition, with muscle firm and well developed, the Siberian Husky does not carry excess weight.

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Golden Retriever

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German Shepherd

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Chow Chow

Definitely one of the most impressive of all dogs, the Chow Chow is an awesome creature with his beautiful, lion-like appearance and royal manners.. Chow Chow puppies are so beautiful they almost look like walking toy teddy bears.It is no wonder Chow Chow is most popular and lovable dog.Almost 2000 years old ,Chinese bred Chow Chow to be an all-around working dog capable of surviving in a hostile environment.Hunting,herding, guarding ,pulling sleds, the Chow could do it all. First kept by fierce Mongolian tribes in China as hunting and guard dog, the chow was also used for their meat and fur.The true origin of the breed is unknown some historians believe it descend from ancient Roman Mastiff-type dogs crossed with Spitz types. Other believe the Chow is the ancestor of modern Spitz group of dogs as well as the Akita and Shar-Pei. The Chow's first appearance outside of China (where they are seldom seen today) was in England in the late 1800's. Sailors returning from the east brought them back in the cargo hold of the great trade ships. "Chow Chow" was a slang term applied to the large variety of items carried by these ships. Like a nickname, the term stuck to these dogs.

The two most distinctive features of the Chow Chow are its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs, which makes it walk rather stilted.How the Chow got his blue-black tongue is also a mystery. A delightful old fable provides an answer: When God was painting the sky blue, He spilled a few drops as He worked. The Chow followed after, licking up the drops of paint and from that day forward, the Chow Chow had a blue tongue!

Though Chow Chow is large, stocky dog, but make exceptional house pets.Despite their size (17-21” at the shoulder, 45-85 pounds) they are very quiet,with cat like attitudes, aloof, reserved eith affection, independent, dignified and stubborn.They are friendly, well behaved, not diggers or barkers and are not destructive.Chow do however have a different personality than other dog, but they are excellent guard.

The profuse, dense, furry coat comes in two varieties, smooth and rough. The most common colors are solid red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream, but it can also come in tan, gray, or a rare white. The coat sometimes has lighter or darker shades, but is never partly-colored. The Chow Chow is a well-mannered dog. Quite good with children. If they get to know cats and other household animals when they are young, they will get along with them when they are adults.

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Grey Hound and many more beautiful dogs.

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Photographing Dogs-few suggestions

Pets,specially dogs and cats play an important role in every house, and are very popular as subjects for photography.Photographing dogs is not only a favorite hobby but requires dedication ,creativity and patience as the very fickle nature of the animal.Once has to wait with camera in hand to get a good photograph of dog in different mood to capture their character.It is a good idea to photograph the dog in their favorite spot,sitting,relaxing and in play with kids or other dogs,enjoying their much loved past time. To capture a pet’s character, you can ask yourself what is unique about your pet and try to capture that uniqueness on camera. Photographingyour pet at play is a great way to capture some interesting shots with personality. Because the animal will be moving quickly and you want to make sure the photos are free from blur,for this selecting shutter priority mode is advised,so that at a much faster shutter speed one can get a freeze action. Set the focus mode to continuous focusing, so that the lens can constantly maintain its focus on the running pet. For multiple shots use continuous shooting mode and hold down the shutter button as long as you’d like. In your pets quiet moments, after eating or bedtime for example, move in close for some dramatic and expressive shots.I prefer a standard 50-55mmlens or in other cases a 28-70mm zoom will provide many option to capture the dog in action.A blur or out of focus background is advised ,for this a larger aperture will give the better results. . Use spot metering and focus on the eyes – this area must be sharp – and avoid flash if possible, for a softer look. An uncluttered background with neutral colors is ideal because it isn’t too distracting. A good simple portrait of a pet by itself or with the owner is a classic shot. Use outdoor lighting to avoid flash, which can distract animals. Remember to be quick when taking this type of image because animals are easily distracted when outdoors.

Getting on to floor and at the same level as your pet is will give more dramatic and natural photograph.A faster shutter speed and larger aperture is necessary to get a sharp animal shot.Use of flash is not advisable as this will distract the pet and may ruin the photograph.Always try to focus the eyes, and expressions in pet’s eyes .Building a rapport with the pet is necessary for photographer. Feeding an animal first is always a good idea if shooting portraits as it leaves them relaxed. If your pet is going outside make sure you have another person helping in case they break free. Take many shots, and among-st them could be a winning image.

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