Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed, developed in the British county of Yorkshire to catch Rats in the clothing mills of Yorkshire and also for Rat baiting.

This breed has been nicknamed Yorkie and is a popular Companion Dog or Toy Dog breed.

For adult Yorkshire Terriers, importance is placed on coat colour, quality, and texture. The hair must be glossy, fine, straight, and silky. Traditionally the coat is grown out very long and is parted down the middle of the back, but “must never impede movement.”

Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, very overprotective, curious, and loves attention. Mentally sound and emotionally secure ones should normally not show the soft submissive temperament seen in lap dogs. Because of this, it is advised that a Yorkie would not be suitable for a home with typical young children—they are Terriers after all. Instead, they make ideal companions for older families with many more reputable breeders routinely only homing to families with children older than about 8 years for the comfort of the dog, but more so for the benefit of the child.

Hound Dog Photography host a number of dog photoshoot location days each month across the South East, bring your Yorkshire Terrier or Welsh Terrier along for a dog photography session. Jamie Morgan also undertakes private commissions at locations across the UK and Internationally on request.

Whippet | Dog Photoshoot

Whippet

Whippet

The Whippet is known by several names, the Whippet, the English Whippet and the Snap Dog. Whippets are a sighthound breed that have origins in England, where they descended from Greyhounds.

Whippets have the stature and size of a small greyhound.

The rejects of the greyhound family, Whippets were the dogs that were too small to hunt or race. They were returned to the peasants in the villages, but injured first, so the peasants could not break the forest law and hunt.

The peasant breeders allowed these dogs to breed and used them for hunting rats and catch rabbits.

Whippets have often been described as the poor mans racehorse, due to their speed and agility, being the fastest dog of their size. Speeds of Whippets can often reach 35mph.

Do you have a Whippet?

Hound Dog Photography host a number of photoshoot location days each month across the South East, bring your Whippet or Greyhound along for a dog photography session. Jamie Morgan also undertakes private commissions at locations across the UK and Internationally on request.

 

Welsh Terrier | Dog Photography

Welsh Terrier

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is known to be one of the oldest breeds in the United Kingdom. With origins from Wales, this breed of Welsh Terrier has a contagious love of life and energy. This dog is full of energy and intelligence and is a fantastic terrier breed, their characteristics have been honed, so they are a fantastic solo hunter.

Originally bred for hunting of Foxes, Badgers and Rodents, this lively breed is now on the endangered dogs list with the Kennel Club as fewer and fewer Welsh Terriers are bred each year. Welsh Terriers are mainly bred now as show dogs and rarely found working.

The Welsh Terrier is on Hound Dog Photographys’ Most Wanted List. If you own a Welsh Terrier get in contact with us, to claim your reward!

Hound Dog Photography host a number of photoshoot location days each month across the South East, bring your Welsh Terrier along for a dog photography session. Jamie Morgan also undertakes private commissions at locations across the UK and Internationally on request.

greyhound dog photography

Greyhound

Greyhound

Greyhounds are one of the oldest dog breeds, originally bred for coursing game and then in more recent decades, for greyhound racing.

After retirement from greyhound racing many dogs are adopted and taken into family homes as pets. This gentle and placid create is often found comfortably situated on a bed or a sofa, a million miles from the ferocious hunter that they were bred to be.

It is a gentle and intelligent breed whose combination of long, powerful legs, deep chest, flexible spine and slim build allows it to reach average race speeds in excess of 40 mph.

Greyhounds are quiet, gentle, and loyal to owners. They are very loving creatures, and they enjoy the company of their humans and other dogs. Whether a Greyhound enjoys the company of other small animals or cats depends on the individual dog’s personality. Greyhounds will typically chase small animals; those lacking a high ‘prey drive’ will be able to coexist happily with toy dog breeds and/or cats.

Greyhounds live most happily in quiet environments. A close relative of the greyhound is the Whippet.

Do you have a beautiful greyhound?

Hound Dog Photography host a number of photoshoot location days each month across the South East, bring your Whippet or Greyhound along for a dog photography session. Jamie Morgan also undertakes private commissions at locations across the UK and Internationally on request.

Dog Sports for Your Dog

Dog Sports For Your Dog (Part 1)

Some dogs enjoy being couch potatoes and love bugs more than anything in the world. But, there are other dogs that seem to have a calling in life. They can have hidden talents, or not so hidden talents.

Does your dog get a kick out of playing frisbee?

Does he live for diving and retrieving things in the water?

Is he great at jumping over objects or catching a ball on the fly?

Or maybe your dog can dance like Fred Astaire?

There are numerous sports and activities for dogs with special talents or simply for dogs and their owners who enjoying doing things together.

Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in Europe and North America with thousands of dogs and owners competing each year. The sport calls for the dog, with on-course supervision by the handler, to complete an obstacle course.

The dog agility course is usually comprised of such obstacles as a teeter-totter, weave poles, jumps, a tunnel, and other objects.

The dog with the fastest time wins.

Penalties in handling the objects add time faults to the score. Agility is a fast-paced, exciting sport that continues to grow in popularity.

There are several organisations that offer agility competitions from the The Kennel Club to The Agility Club , in which mixed breed dogs are welcome to compete.

Flyball is another very popular sport for dogs and their owners. Flyball pits relay teams of dogs racing against each other.

The dog streaks down a short course over small hurdles toward a box, touches the box and makes a ball pop out, grabs the ball and then races back toward his teammates so the next dog can set out on the course. Fastest team wins.

The sport is fast, exciting and lots of fun for all of the dogs and team members.

In Great Britain the sport is overseen by the British Flyball Association. There are flyball teams found virtually everywhere these days or it’s easy enough to start your own group with some friends.

Canine Freestyle is what many of us call dog dancing.

It is basically a choreographed performance of dog and owner with music. Itís also known as heelwork to music and this is how the training is often done for this sport. If you can teach your dog to heel and follow basic commands then you can teach him the moves required to dance to music.

Canine Freestyle is often presented as a demonstration but the World Canine Freestyle Organization also holds events for judging so dogs can receive titles. The Musical Dog Sports Association holds workshops and demonstrations, as does the Canine Freestyle Federation. Canine Freestyle can be a beautiful event to watch as the dog and human move together in choreographed steps to carefully chosen music.

Schutzhund is German for ‘protection dog’ and it refers to the training which develops and evaluates the canine traits that are important for that work.

There are three parts to Schutzhund: obedience work, tracking and protection work such as that used by police dogs.

Schutzhund as a sport demonstrates a dogís intelligence and utility. Schutzhund was originally developed to test German Shepherds but it is now applied to other breeds which seek to do the same kind of protection work. Many people enjoy training their own dog in Schutzhund. It allows them to improve their own training abilities and to bond more closely with their dog.

Schutzhund is mentally and physically challenging for both dog and owner. It also provides owners with the chance to form friendships with other people training in Schutzhund. A list of Schutzhund clubs is available here.

Hiring A Professional Handler to Show Your Dog?

Hiring A Professional Handler to Show Your Dog?

The American Kennel Club offers about 15,000 dog events each year in the United States. The UK Kennel Club offers around 3,200 events across the United Kingdom.

All ‘intact’ KC-registered purebred dogs are eligible to be shown at these KC-sanctioned dog shows. (Intact means that the dog is not spayed or neutered).

Dog shows evaluate dogs for potential breeding purposes so it would defeat the purposes of the dog show to have the dogs spayed or neutered.) There are Kennel Club member kennel clubs throughout the country which put together dog shows. Chances are that there is a show near you once or twice a year.

If you have an KC-registered purebred dog and you are interested in showing your dog at dog shows, do you need a professional handler to show it for you? That all depends.

There are some good reasons to use a professional handler but it is by no means a requirement. Many owners do show their own dogs and win, but it takes a lot of hard work and practice.

Reasons to use a professional handler:

1. You would like to have your dog evaluated by an objective observer.

KC registration guarantees you that your dog is a purebred but it does not guarantee you that your dog is ‘show quality.’ Not every dog born is capable of being a Best in Show winner or even of becoming a show champion.

A professional handler who is familiar with your breed can look at your dog and evaluate his conformation. He or she can tell you if you would be wasting your money by trying to show this particular dog. Most handlers are honest enough to tell you the truth. They are not lacking for clients and they don’t want to handle dogs that will make them look bad in the show ring.

If you do have a dog that they think they can win with, they will tell you that, too. If they don’t see show ring potential in your dog they may have connections with other breeders who have litters with show potential puppies.

2. If you do have a good dog you may not have the grooming skills necessary to make him look his best.

This can be particularly true if you have a longhaired breed or a breed that requires specialised grooming, such as a Poodle. A good handler can take a good dog and make him look great.

3. You may be new to showing and still learning.

A good handler can be very instructive and you can learn from him or her as they show your dog. Or, you can ask for some private lessons from a handler, either with handling or with grooming.

4. You may be a good enough handler to show your dog in small shows or to put points on them to finish their championship but your dog is better than you are.

If you have a great dog you may want to use a handler to help your dog go as far as he can go. You can use a handler to show your dog at big shows, where the competition is especially tough. You can earn the small wins but with a handler your dog could have a shot at Group wins or even Best in Show.

Of course, there are plenty of owners who develop their skills and compete against professional handlers. You can attend handling classes offered by local kennel clubs or, as mentioned, you can pay for lessons from a professional handler or ask for handling tips from other exhibitors. There are also some good books and videos available about handling, as well as some good seminars offered by former handlers.

The key to success is to pay attention to even the smallest detail of your dog’s appearance and to practice everything you will do in the ring until you can do everything smoothly. It’s an adage that good handlers do not draw attention to themselves. Everything they do puts the focus on the dog and accentuates his good qualities.

Remember that whether your dog wins or loses, whether a handler thinks he’s show material or not, he is still the same wonderful dog he always was. Shows are only a small part of your life or your dogís life. If you decide that shows aren’t for you there are many other fun things that you and your dog can do together.

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Photoshoot Locations around Biddenden

Picking the right photoshoot location around biddenden for your dog photography session, really is something personal and down to you.

If you are a looking to book a dog photoshoot, think about one of our location day sessions, select one of the venues that matches the style and breed of your dog and book an appointment slot that suits you.

Alternately, for the ultimate in personal experience, book a tailored session, where we select a venue together and get the very best images for your home based around your property, or local area.

Take a look at our Photoshoot locations around Biddenden, Kent
Benenden
Staplehurst
Frittenden
Headcorn
Tenterden