They may resemble pandas, buffalos and camels - but these animals are actually poodles, all competing for the title of top dog at 'creative grooming' shows across the U.S.

Something of a canine fancy dress contest, it takes just two hours for owners to transform their pets, which are sheared and coloured to achieve each look.

The incredible transformations were captured by photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition.
Here's what a standard, no frills, poodle looks like

Getting the hump: Cindy the poodle is transformed into a camel for a creative dog grooming show by owner and show veteran Sandra Hartness

This fairy really takes the dog-biscuit

Flower girl: Cindy, this time as a psychedelic snail. 'The transformation they go through is simply spectacular,' says photographer Ren Netherland

Paws for thought: A poodle is transformed into a very convincing panda for a creative grooming show in Pennsylvania
Top dog: Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow was the inspiration for poodle owner Missy Gullett
Horse play: The transformation of a poodle into a pony was one of Ren Netherland's favourites. 'You had no clue whatsoever what they were planning,' he said
Team player: This dog was transformed unto an American football player by shearing its coat into a jacket and furry helmet

Hair of the dog: Virtually unrecognisable as a poodle, this very convincing buffalo disguise is uncanny

A poultry effort: This pooch is made to play chicken

Bird of paradise: Cindy the poodle, this time as a peacock, is transformed with brightly coloured fur dye, glitter and a fan of feathers

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engel said...

kawawang poodle... naaalala ko tuloy yung aso namin dati...

Bug said...

I love poddle!! They are darling and so is your blog. Would you like to exchange blog links? When you get a chance come by my blog and maybe follow too - yes, yes! :)

charmedwishes said...

hello engel! bakit naman kawawa yung poodle? ang cute nga eh. what happened to your dog?

engel said...

i just feel na napagtripan yung aso.

my poodle died of old age, tapos yung wife niya nabaril.

charmedwishes said...

hala, di naman. siguro happy rin yung dog kasi ang ganda nya. ano ba yan, bakit naman nabaril? How gruesome!

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