The AKC currently recognizes 188 distinct dog breeds, and photographer Ty Foster is determined to photograph each and every one! His ongoing series Canine Collective has captured 74 of these unique breeds so far, presenting them in both a portrait and profile view.
Ty has this to say about the series:
The dog (Canis familiaris).
The descendent of wolves, they have been selectively bred by mankind for millennia for sensory capabilities and for specific physical and behavioral attributes. Genetic sequencing dates dogs back 24,000 years when mankind were still hunters and gatherers. Since then, dogs have undertaken a wide variety of roles such as: hunters, guardians, companions, herders, service roles ( K9 unit, military, aiding the disabled), medical assistance, therapy, search and rescue, and entertainers. The reason dogs are able to assume so many roles so effectively is because of their ‘purpose built’ nature and the intentional breeding of specific traits and attributes. Ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 7 feet long and weighing as much as 155 pounds, this targeted breeding has resulted in hundreds of unique breeds of dogs.
The goal of this project is to celebrate the unique physical qualities of the dog and showcase the beauty, variety and personality of the species. This will be an ongoing project until as many breeds as possible have been photographed.
Take a look at the project in its current development over on TyFoster.com and see if you spot one of your favorite breeds in the mix!