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One of my favorite aspects of this dog show is that there is always agility competition during the show. If conformation is about making sure dogs are physically healthy then agility is about making sure a dog can be a dog. In agility we see dogs honed. All the crazy things we see our dogs do that amaze us but are often one offs are taken to a new level during agility…. Read More

One thing I love about dog shows is discovering new dog breeds. Having the opportunity to be introduced to new dog breeds and learn more about dogs is one of the best things about dog shows. I like to get the program for the dog show and looking at the Index of Breeds that lists all the different dog breeds that will be at the show and reading all the names to… Read More

It is happily one of my favorite times of the year. It is Wine Country Circuit Dog Show week. I will be spending the next three days hanging out and photographing all the amazing dogs. I will try to photograph a variety of dogs as I normally do unless someone asks me to photograph their dog for them. If you see me there feel free to say hi.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Like many dog breeds, I have not seen much of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon at dog shows. I love the look of these dogs. Although I wouldn’t even know how to describe it. Medium long wiry fur coat. The fur is colored brown and gray. The dogs head is mostly brown. This description really does not do the dog justice. I think this is just a breed of… Read More

The Windsprite (Whippet – Long Haired). The Windsprite is a relatively newer breed. One I have been fortunate enough to spend some time with. I was invited to photograph a breed specialty event. I was able to watch these graceful animals compete in agility. They showed in conformation. And then they ran in lure coursing. It was a really fun day. I love the combination of coat length and color on this… Read More

The Whippet. I like this photo of a Whippet and their handler as they begin to move around the dog show ring during conformation. Whippet’s are one of three dog breeds often at dog shows that have a similar look to them. The Whippet, The Greyhound and the Italian Greyhound. The most noticeable difference between the three breeds is their size. The Whippet is the medium size between the larger Greyhound and… Read More

The Welsh Springer Spaniel. Trotting around the show ring at a state park in New York. This Welsh Springer Spaniel look so happy. So much energy expressed in this dog’s face. I love the trail of spots up the dogs snout and onto its forehead as the brown migrates from its nose up the white stripe to the top of its head. There the white stripe parts two beautiful rusty brown patches… Read More

The Weimaraner. I really adore the Weimaraner. I can’t really explain why. I’ve never had an interaction with a Weimaraner. Their color is alluring. The look in their eyes. Combine the color of their coat with the color of their eyes and it poses some kind of ghostly aura. This portrait shows off both of those qualities that draw me to the Weimaraner. Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300m,m f/4. Focal length… Read More

The Vizsla. I love it when I have a chance for a really nice in close shot. A close up portrait of just the dogs head. Being able to see all the details. The texture in the nose. Each fleck of hair a different color. The brilliant color of the eyes. And even the adorably flipped over ear. This Vizsla is so adorable. Take time and get up close to your subject… Read More

Watching the end of a group competition in conformation is fun and exciting. Seeing the dogs the judge selects as they form their short list of top candidates for the win. The dogs and handlers line up and show their stuff one last time for the judge. Then the judge selects the best dog in the group. I love it when the handlers and dogs react to the win with joy and… Read More

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