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November 2, 2015

Does the Camera Add Ten Pounds to Pets?

At home we affectionately call Penny our “Mini-Ridgie” or “Runty-Ridgie.”  The breed standard for female Ridgebacks is 70 pounds and Penny’s fighting weight is closer to sixty pounds. Yet everyone who meets Penny in person after only seeing her on the blog says the same thing –  “She
At home we affectionately call Penny our “Mini-Ridgie” or “Runty-Ridgie.”  The breed standard for female Ridgebacks is 70 pounds and Penny’s fighting weight is closer to sixty pounds. Yet everyone who meets Penny in person after only seeing her on the blog says the same thing – Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, puppy, adventure, chicago

“She seems so much bigger in photos.”

It’s certainly not a matter of expertise. Even John, Penny’s breeder, said the same thing. Over the weekend I thumbed through my catalog to see what leads everyone to that same conclusion.

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I think it’s partly Penny’s never afraid to stand front and center

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Penny’s also mastered the art of making herself look big in order to match up with Eko

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And quite often her head is above his in photos

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But on the rare occasion she does stand still, you see Penny doesn’t loom quite so large

And while everyone else, including Penny herself, may think she’s a towering torrent…

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Eko is always there to keep her head from getting too big

I’m interested to hear from others who share photos of their pups online. When people meet your dog, do expectations match reality or is there one comment (about look/size/personality/etc) which everyone makes?

Comments for Does the Camera Add Ten Pounds to Pets?

  1. my breeder said the opposite… she saw me and said: I had no clue how fat you are…. maybe she has cam-eyes? but my mom always thinks she looks fat in photos… and my dad said I never ever and for cripes`sake should tell her that she is right…

  2. meANXIETYme says:

    Everyone thinks Butthead is equally as large as Le Moo, but Butthead is 20lbs smaller. The issue is, Butthead stands the same height, so in pictures if it’s the “right” angle, she just looks bigger. Le Moo is more stout and round, Butthead has longer legs but has a leaner body type.
    Again, I think it’s the angles we take the photos that messes everyone up. We’ve had lots of people tell us our dogs don’t look that big in pictures, but they weigh in at 75 and 95lbs. I try to get some perspective in some pictures, but that’s such a pain in the butt! LOL In the end, I take the pictures that I like and don’t think too much about how big they do or don’t look. 🙂

  3. Everyone that meets Ruby in person is shocked at how small she is. Although she is half Boca’s size (18 lbs to Boca’s 32 lbs) they often end up looking similarly sized in pictures. It must be Ruby’s tendency to live large.

  4. Victoria says:

    Penny is large at heart and soul- and thats where it counts. People usually tell me they thing Muffin is bigger in person than in my pictures – and Rigby they always say is more beautiful in person than in pictures – maybe i am just really bad at my pictures.

  5. Ellen Quilty says:

    I don’t think size matters as far as Ridgebacks are concerned.Nikki weighs in at 77lbs and her brother who we were babysitting last week tips the scales at 107lbs.In spite of the size difference she set the agenda almost every time in terms of play(when and how long)She is just as fierce as he is(they are siblings and are extra rough with each other)Despite that description they get along great and really love one another.I have been told that the girls rule the Ridgeback world and now at four years old Nikki has fully come into her powers as a female.Now I know why you have referred to your house as “The Coliseum”.

  6. Kismet says:

    If you put 10 pounds on me, I’d never get off the ground. No pictures, please.

  7. I always get “omg he is so huge!” when people meet my RR boy in real life (@zeiq on Instagram). He is quite proportional and not so “bulky” as the males can be so I guess that’s why he doesn’t look that big, but he is about 72 cm high.
    I have gotten so used to his size that i don’t even consider him as a big dog anymore, so i get equally surprised every time someone else think that he is big, or I see him next to a golden retriver or something and realise that its such a size difference..

  8. nerdgrl (Kim S.) says:

    Amara is small for a mini schnauzer: 9.6lbs; she was definitely the runt in the litter of 8. Yet, everyone comments how big she looks in her pics. I think it’s because she very long so when she stands on her hind legs she looks a lot bigger than she is. Steffi was much bigger and rounder at 15lbs but still kinda on the small size. But they both have/had big hearts so who cares? As long as they’re healthy.

  9. No comments, but it’s funny because I was just thinking the other day how big Penny looks. That side by side sure shows differently. How much does Eko weigh?

  10. Emmadog says:

    Most people that meet me think I’m so much smaller than what they thought. I don’t know why it is, but they all think I’m much taller and larger.

  11. Me says:

    People are always amazed by how dinky Zoey is, or if they know how small she is they are surprised when she looks practically the same size as Kasper in photos! The camera never lies…apart from when it does 🙂

  12. My dogs a bit smaller in real life than they look on my blog. Maybe they are puffing up their chests for the camera… 🙂

  13. fran godwin says:

    Penny u will always be sweet no matter what size or if the camera adds 10 lbs. Love love love u n eko

  14. cafall says:

    We have the same thing with Harlow. She’s actually a pocket Golden – 45ish lbs soaking wet. The breed standard is mid-50’s. Most folks don’t realize her true size. Usually they make this comment “Wow! She’s so small. She’s a Golden mixed with what again?” BOL!

    Monty and Harlow

  15. People are alway amazed at how big Mazie is. She is 88lbs but you can see her ribs when she walks/runs, she doesn’t look that big in photos.

  16. she might be smaller but she is fierce

  17. Heather says:

    Maiden looks to be about the same size as Penny. We always get asked if she is a “real” ridgeback, first because she is ridgeless, and second because she is a svelt 67lbs. But, like Penny, Maiden seems to be able to make herself the centre of attention no matter where we go and no matter what her size.

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