German Shepherd – meet Chloe

Chloe the German Shepherd

German Shepherd

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Say hello to Chloe, nearly 13 years old and the most gorgeous German Shepherd. In human years that makes her about 90 – doesn’t she look amazing?  A grand old lady with so much life and personality. She was a real treat to have in our portrait studio. (We are based near Farnham, Surrey, by the way!)

Some interesting facts about the German Shepherd:

  1. They are ranked as the 3rd most intelligent dog
  2. A mix of beige and black is the most common color type for German shepherds, but solid black and solid white shepherds also exist.
  3. German shepherds can nearly instantly break into top speed, come to a sudden stop and round a sharp corner without stumbling over themselves or their surroundings. It’s one of the many reasons they’re often used as a police and military dog
  4. They are ranked the 2nd most popular breed in the USA
  5. A German Shepherd’s bite has 238 pounds of force — a human’s bite has just 86!
  6. When formal guide dog training began in Switzerland in the 1920s, all of the dogs trained were German Shepherds.
  7. The name Alsatian is also often used. This is a result of the “German” element being dropped in Europe after World War 1 because of the poor perception of the country at the time
  8. German shepherd Capitan ran away from home after the death of Argentinian Miguel Guzman in 2006. A week later Mr Guzman’s family went to pay their respects and found the heartbroken pet sitting by his owner’s grave, wailing. He has stayed there for 6 years.
  9. We have Captain Max von Stephanitz from Germany to thank for the breeding of the first German Shepherd back in 1899
  10. German Shepherds make up 1.8% of the world dog population!

Interesting eh? No wonder they are so loved. Do you have a German Shepherd? We would love to photograph a puppy (it’s been on our bucket list for some time) – they are so cute and bear-like – if you have one then that is less than 12 weeks old then we will give you an extra print free of charge! Go to our Bow-wowcher page and purchase your session now! Woof!


A Recovery Assistance Dog

A Recovery Assistance Dog called Boris!

Recovery Assistance dog

Being a recovery assistance dog is not an easy thing to achieve.  We recently welcomed Boris back to our studio to celebrate his recent new status of A Recovery Assistance Dog.  Dawn his owner wanted to bring him to our studio to get some great photographs of him in his very smart new jacket.  Being an assistance dog enables Boris to go into cafes and supermarkets, as he is officially a working dog.

It takes an intensive amount of training to be able to get this accolade, and Boris certainly never fails to pose in the studio in the two times he has come to see us.

Thank you for bringing him for his second portrait sitting.  Our Fine Art Dog Portraits have often been described as paintings, and for us there is no better compliment.  They are all photographs, and created in camera rather than heavy photoshop work, and both Jenny and I feel very proud to be able to photograph your gorgeous canine chums in our specialist dog photography studio.

Do you have a dog that you would like to have photographed?  Jenny and I have alot of experience in photographing dogs, we’ve made it our speciality!  it takes a certain skill and personality to achieve the results that we do, and we both love it!  They say: never work with children or animals, and in fact we have spent our whole careers working with both.

Do you have more than one dog?  We love getting group shots – check out our Pawtfolio to see the results!