German Shepherd – meet Chloe

Chloe the German Shepherd

German Shepherd




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!

Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies

Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies

Look at these cute Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies!

Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies

We have in fact welcomed many Smooth haired miniature dachschunds to the studio, but rarely three of them this young!  The Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies were 8 1/2 weeks old at the shoot.  The ideal age for this kind of session is 6-8 weeks, once the puppies are alert and aware, but still tire quickly and have a crazy moment running around.  This breed are known for their strength of character, they are loyal, bold and strong characters, protective of their owners, and sometimes surprisingly vocal and charismatic, especially considering their smaller size.

Its a breed that I have definitely fallen in love with through the many dachshunds that have visited the studio over the past year.  If you are looking for a dog that can fit through the catflap, but at the same time offer you a bold and brave character who will be full of loving, then this is a dog to be considered.

It is actually quite hard to find Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies when you have made that decision, as they are certainly growing hugely in popularity at the moment.  Nice to see a resurgence of such a wonderful breed.  We love the Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies!


Smooth haired miniature dachschund puppies

Award Winning Image from the Guild of Photographers

Award winning Image

Award winning Image


Wow, wow, wow – or should I say BOW WOW WOW – chuffed is not the word! Doing a happy dance and punching the air!

The Guild of Photographers runs a monthly national competition to find the Photographer of the Year. Each month you have to enter 3 images  which are assessed by a full Panel of highly experienced Judges who grade them in accordance with international judging criteria. Very pleased to announce that this image of Boris won a SILVER in the competition! It is extremely difficult to get a silver, hence the happy dance!!

It is also very fitting that Boris has qualified for Crufts this year so hopefully that will be a double win for him!!  It is thrilling to win awards and hopefully there will be many more this year.

Boris is a Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer – an elegant & noble breed as well as cute and adorable! He was amazing in the studio & proudly hangs in 2 frames in the reception. I will be avidly watching Crufts to track his progress … not long now …  Not sure I will get much work done – will have to take the laptop to the telly and pretend!

If you want  an award winning image to hang on your wall then click here to buy a voucher … or just call/email on the contact page and book your pup in! Based near Farnham, Surrey the Artful Dog Studio  is specially designed for dogs and only dogs (occasionally an owner creeps into a shot … but we allow that!). All the dogs and owners enjoy the experience:   laughter, adrenalin and often tears permeate into the studio … it really is a wonderful experience so come and join in the fun.

 “An enjoyable afternoon watching my dog “pose” for his photos – he really seemed to enjoy the whole experience.

A walk afterwards however ended in him in rather a muddy state – back to normal!”  Pauline.

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