David Maixner » finished projects » wag the dog (2009-2012)

David Maixner photography portfolio, photographer from Czech Republic

The first dog show was held in 1859 in Newcastle, England. At that time, only few hunters met, judging just two hunting breeds and main prizes were hunting rifles. Today compete over two million dogs in more than 1100 paid competitions worldwide. The beauty of dogs is measured by many different unbiased attributes that state if dog is beautiful.

The subculture around dog competitions seems to me at least strange. At the Brno Exhibition Hall was in exhibition in 2012 enrolled around 9000 dogs. It is huge international event. Educating champion is expensive, but champion can earn a lot of money too.

Not only dogs are coming here
to show self but also people are. Whether they are breeders who sometimes dress in strange outfits move their dignified and powerful bodies into an unexpected run alongside a lean, sometimes even tiny dog, or judges who receive all the attention, but also their almost limitless power over the future of not only dogs, but also their owners, treat their assessment as a spectacular show for the public.

The air is full of competition, checking rivals, hair and characteristic odor. The winning dog is described as beautiful, which provides him with a good pedigree, which in turn ensures its breeders better market position and better name for owners.