The Groomer’s Guide’s “Bad Hair Day” Photo Challenge

We welcome first time sponsor, Certified Master Groomer, Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins to National Purebred Dog Day, who brings a fun photo challenge.

Angry Hair, Bed Head, Helmet Hair, Rat’s Nest,  Unruly Mane – there wouldn’t be so many different names for having a bad hair day if most of us haven’t “been there.” Dogs have them too! Sometimes it’s an “owner error,” and sometimes, it’s the dog who undoes the best grooming job because chasing a squirrel won’t wait. Hardly the domain of coated breeds, short coats can attract that which doesn’t belong, too!

The challenge: Our judges have years of experience of looking at, judging, and/or photographing impeccably groomed canines. Your challenge is to catch your dog looking “not-so-impeccable” without artificial manipulation (read: keep it real. but safe).  Maybe that look happens in the dog bath – or after. Perhaps the dog got into all the wrong places, or after a good romp under a bed, s/he emerges looking like Cousin It.  And just maybe, you had a grooming debacle. It happens – but don’t forget the sign!

The prize: Two 24 x 36 sized versions of the “Groomer’s Guide to the Fifteen Coat Types:” The genetics, dermatology, and grooming differences in various coat types in poster form, perfect for the dog room, grooming shop, kennel room, and more.
Sponsor: The Groomer’s Guide’s Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter


“Groomer’s Guide to the Fifteen Coat Types” poster

•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to US residents only;

•••• One entry per person; You may enter four different photo challenges,

••••  When submitting your photo entry on Facebook, you must indicate the name of this contest,The Grooming Guide’s “Bad Hair Day” Photo Challenge;

•••• Your entry must be for the 2024 contest. Photos submitted from previous years’ contests will be disqualified, and yes, we remember photos from one year to the next;

•••• Within the photo, your image must include a purebred dog and one of the following either downloaded from the link or handmade:

The “IPurebred Dogs” sign

The “Happy National Purebred Dg Day” sign 

The “I Lve My Purebred Dog” sign 

Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here. 

•••• No photoshopping, and no photoshopping the required sign over your photo entry. Be creative with how you use it, but our judges, David Frei,  co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show, and veteran Westminster Kennel Club photographer, Jack Grassa, must see what you actually shot with your camera;

•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prize goes to the person submitting the winning photograph;

•••• Entering this contest implies consent that your photo may be shared on NPDD’s social media platforms and by The Groomer’s Guide;

••• A full explanation of how, when, and where to submit your entry can be read here;  

•••• Important! You and your dog should have safe fun when composing your entry!

•••• Judges’ decisions are final


Pekingese photo bMary Swift/AdobeStockPhoto

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