Little dogs with big personalities
Good things come in small packages
I’ve had a flurry of small dogs in front of the camera so far this year, which made me look back at the last few years of images and realise – I seem to have something of a specialism in little dogs! This wasn't a conscious decision – I love all breeds and sizes of dog – but it’s just turned out that a surprising amount of my canine clients since I started Paw Prints have been on the petite side.
I guess ‘small dog’ can mean a few different things: there are puppies, which are inherently small for at least a little while; there are what the Kennel Club officially classes as a ‘Toy Dog’; then there’s a whole lot of breeds (and designer cross-breeds) that are between teeny-tiny and not-quite-medium-sized – and generally speaking well over half of the dogs I’ve photographed fall into one of these categories.
Small dogs can bring their own particular challenges. They can sometimes be a little more nervous to start off with (though I’ve never met a dog that I couldn’t get to settle down for the camera, it’s often just a matter of patience); a handful can be a little yappy at first (small dog syndrome!); and they can be harder to keep still, running around like whirling dervishes and tricky to focus on. But all that said, they are often easier overall to photograph that bigger dogs – especially when space is constrained!
So there you have it – I love small dogs!
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