22 January 2011

Huntaway pups

The two huntaway pups grow rapidly, learn how to interact with other dogs and humans, take longer to wear themselves out. The shaggy coats of these two — Sue on the left, Jack on the right — identify them as beardies (their ancestry will at some stage have included a contribution from a bearded collie). I'm sure they'd make great companions for any dog person, but instead they're to be working dogs, mustering over the valley's steep hills. (No, they're not mine.)

[14 January 2011, Canon 20D, 24–105 mm f4 L at 75 mm , ISO 200, 1/13s at f8. The photo — only a snapshot, really — wasn't great, so I've processed it heavily.]

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Zhoen said...

Serious dogs, ready to do serious work.

I love your photos of creatures, their personalities come across strongly.

Relatively Retiring said...

Ditto Zhoen.
A charming portrait.

Imustnothaveanotherdog. Imustnothaveanotherdog. Imustnothaveanotherdog.
So thanks for that!

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, Zhoen. These two definitely have strong personalities.

RR, thank you.
I accept no responsibility ;^)

Avus said...

I am a "dog person" but have never heard of Huntaways - guess they are special to NZ. These rough coated pair will be handsome dogs, but will need plenty of exercise and involvement if they have Collie in them.

leonie said...

They are so terribly cute. And wonderfully captured.

How on earth did you get them to sit still long enough to take their picture?!

pohanginapete said...

Avus, you're exactly right — huntaways are bred to range over big distances and hard country; they're working dogs through and through. But those I've known have had great temperaments as well.

Leonie, thanks, and believe me, photographing was difficult. This was definitely opportunistic ;^)