Photographic Dog Breed Identification Project

Promotion of Canis bonus dog breed photo project.
By Laure-Anne Viselé, June 2010

Hear, hear! The BIP (Breed Identification Project) has started.

What’s it all about

Educative collection of dog photos submitted by individual owners to help professionals and dog fans unambiguously recognize each dog breed, and no longer confuse closely ressembling breeds.

The idea is to show each breed from every possible angle, size, colour, or coat length.

How to participate in the project

On the whole Cavalier King Charles vs. King Charles front, I wrote an article to untangle you.
A friend of mine sent me a great video with a French Bulldog AND a Boston Terrier on it. Unmistakable.

What sort of photos is Canis bonus looking for?

I am not looking for professional photo quality, on the contrary. A ‘failed’ picture of the dog’s tail, or a close-up on its ear could make my day if it shows a characteristic trait of your breed.

I am particularly interested in pictures showing:

  • a rare trait for the breed (e.g. a brindle and white Boston terrier, instead  of the usual black and white, or a silver labrador)
  • a typical trait for that dog’s breed (e.g. the English bulldog’s ‘tail’)
  • a dog next to something of familiar size like an adult human or a car, to give a better idea of the dog’s size

Go on, get posting and help awareness of your dog’s breed!

Any comments?

I always value your comments, so don’t be shy and share your thoughts. I would particularly like to hear from you if you:

  • Own one of the breeds mentioned. What other breeds does it commonly get confused with? Please post pictures on the Flickr gallery too!
  • Are having trouble uploading your picture to one of the galleries. I’d be happy to publish clearer instructions with your feedback
  • Are a breeder of one of the breeds mentioned. What are the consequences of the public’s confusion with another breed for the breed you produce?

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