12 Stunning Photos of Show Dogs While Not in the Ring

When you think of a show dog," what likely comes to mind is a perfectly primped pooch prancing around the ring at Westminster.

But when these dogs aren't competing, they live as family pets to the people who love and care for them. Here are 12 beautiful shots of show dogs hanging out and just, well, being dogs.

Jack, the Bearded Collie

CH Scott’s Playboy "Jack" -Owned by Carol & Thomas Wathen, Jorge & Susie Olivera


Only, the Berger Picard

Eclipse’s One N Only CM3 "Only" - Owned by Donna Beadle & Dionne Butt


Nola, the Italian Greyhound

GCH Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler! "Nola" - Owned by Celia Weatherhead


Seifur, the Icelandic Sheepdog 

Can. CH. Stefsstells Sær Seifur "Seifur" - Owned by Dawne Deeley


Ace, the Giant Schnauzer

CH J-Starr’s Ace High "Ace" - Owned by Enid S. Lagree


Tinker, the Russell Terrier

GCH CH Rivendell’s Tinker Toy "Tinker" - Owned by Marilyn D. Title, Carolyn L. McKenzie & Sue Sobel


Rig, the Sussex Spaniel

GCH CH Sundowners Orion Coast to Coast JH CGC "Rig" - Owned by Juliet & Dave Clendenon and Carey & Allan Cooper


Suri, the Boxer

GCH Brisbane “N” Blue Mondays Diamonds are Decadent "Suri" - Owned by Dr. and Mrs. William Truesdale, M&E McKamey, and J Vergnetti


Slugger, the Pug

Platinum GCH Winsome-Nirvana-Blaque Triple Play "Slugger" - Owned by Elois Veltman, Virginia Flatley & Blanche Roberts


Bullitt, the Cocker Spaniel

CH Sunhaven American Ride CGC "Bullitt" - Owned by Stella & Jon Rowlett, Astrid & Steve Lawrence, Candace Omatsu


Raquel, the Rhodesian Ridgeback 

GCH Raquel Welch of Malabo APD "Raquel Welch" - Owned by Ana Paola Diniz

At top: Hobson, the Clumber Spaniel (GCH. Clussexx Over the Legal Limit "Hobson" - Owned by Joe & Carla Sanchez)

These pictures were chosen for the 2015 Champions for Canine Health calendar distributed by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. You can see your dog in the 2016 edition by making a donation to the Canine Health Foundation (details here), which supports research to help prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Learn more about the foundation here.

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