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Internationally-renowned, award-winning animal photographer Illona Haus is the province's premier pet photographer, serving clients across Ontario, the US and the world. Photographing exclusively animals, both commercially and for private clients, since 2007, scruffy dog photography inc. -- based in Kitchener, Ontario -- is considered one of the world's leading and most influential pet photographers.


To learn more about the scruffy dog experience, its creator and history, as well as how YOUR scruffy can become a part of the SDP family, feel free to browse through the menu above, and scroll through a decade's worth of blog entries below!


Please drop us a line! We'd love the opportunity to capture stunning, creative, one-of-a-kind photographic memories of your 4-legged loved ones to treasure in artwork for a lifetime, and show you just what makes the scruffy dog experience second to none.

a belated happy holidays to scruffy dog clients and fans …

apologies for the tardiness … hoping everyone and everydog is recovering from a fabulous holiday season.  in the meantime, matea wanted to wish everyone a most happy New Year!


… may it be filled with many biscuits!

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  • Scout and FreyjaMomma keeps trying to get us to do that but we just can’t sit still – we want our cookie RIGHT AWAY! You are a furry smart pooch, yes, you are!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie BeyerGreat pic Ilona 🙂 Thanks for the good wishes — which we send right back at ya!

    Just wanted to let you know that the picture of Ashley was a huge hit — thank you for taking such a wonderful picture of her.

    Al the VERY best of the New Year.


an afternoon at Country Paws

a couple of weeks ago i had the hairy, muddy, slobbery pleasure of shooting some of the regulars at Country Paws  Boarding in London…



i thought i’d share a few of the crazy faces and unique characters with you.



i loved this red girl … you know me and hunting dawgs …




and of course, as in any well-working facility, there ARE rules …


… but more fun than anything else.




… and lots of running.









and finally, a little something extra.  i couldn’t help doing some more serious post work on this wonderful blue girl … (at some point i’ll show you the “before”)


hope you enjoy your gallery, Michelle.  i’m looking forward to the Kitchener location shoot.


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  • allison f.GREAT work as always! LOVE the hound face. Really great stuff.ReplyCancel

  • StacieThese are the most amazing pet photos…is there any way you can post them on your photos sections so that I can share your beautiful work with friends.

    Truly amazing,


  • LainerI absolutely love this series of photos. My favorites are the pugs and pit bulls!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleWow! These photos are amazing. You really capture the essence of the dog’s personality. I am so glad I found your site and I am already looking forward to my next visit!ReplyCancel

  • Sandraillona, These photos capture everything you could possibly want in a moment. I just love them. You have such a gift. Thanks for sharing your link.ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiaIllona, you are so freaking talented, I have no other words.ReplyCancel

  • JeanIllona these are fantastic. You really captured the characters of the happy campers as they romp and play.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-JacksonIllona!!!! Marvelous!!! Simply marvelous. I don’t know how you do it but you do it over and over again!!!! You and your camera rock!!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • AndaOMG Illona, this is a gorgeous set! All the dogs are adorable, but the white faced Border Collie stole my heart (I am so predictable…)

    I love watching your wonderful work, I am smiling from ear to ear! Gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

if you don’t love a basset …

… then you’re a weirdo.  i mean, seriously, who doesn’t immediately fall in love with those eyes and those ears, that face!

meet cinnamon …


a perfect example of everything to love about bassets. and she’s not as shy as she looks … in fact, she had her nose into everything, including my lenses, with no hesitation.


a real poser … although some of her looks gave her the air of a well-versed, been-there-done-that, yet underpaid model.




you might recognize the location in this shoot from Kiera’s shoot a few weeks ago.  Kiera’s owner introduced me to this place in Elmira, and although i have great tromping grounds right here around the scruffy dog studio, this spot offers a great variety of backdrops, including it’s own beach!


you’ll also note in the previous two photos (and more to come) that i use a long-line for dogs like Cinnamon … 60′ of light mountaineering rope with a light caribiner.  with a few instructions to owners, this line allows us some freedom and action shots without taking the risk of dogs like our darling basset here picking up a scent and tearing off.  for images ordered, i always remove the long-line in post, but for purposes of the blog, it’s too much work … so forgive its presence here.






don’t you just love those ears??






did someone say something about ears?  😉





did i tell you Cinnamon had huge ears?


thanks, Cinnamon, for a wonderful shoot. and thanks Denis and Nat for bringing your girl to Waterloo for me to shoot.  i hope you enjoy her huge gallery.


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  • SandraThese photos of Cinnamon are wonderful. Love those big floppy ears, they’re almost as big as her.ReplyCancel

  • illona S.First I must say that Cinnamon is an absolute lens hound. Then there is that the photographer has just the perfect name. Until today I thought that I was the only person in the Western hemi who had that handle. Congrats on just stunning pics of Cinnamon!!!!ReplyCancel

  • leesiawhat an ADORABLE face!!! all the ear shots are to die for — and i love that paw shot too. so many favorites to choose from; one of my favorite sessions from you ever!ReplyCancel

  • Lenora Davis MendelmWe had a Basset for 14 years. Her name was Bags. She did exactly what she wanted for 14 years and we loved her with a passion. After that, we had two Bloodhounds. Male named Memphis and female named Beulah. Amazing dogs and quite a challenge. Now we have 1 Standard Poodle named Juliet. We had Romeo, but he passed away at 12, 1 1/2 years ago. Juliet is 11 and as spry as a puppy. Love your shots.ReplyCancel

  • moonfloweryour photos warm my heart so! you capture everything one needs, to know that the world truly is a beautiful place …. if you look!ReplyCancel

  • LainerI like the one with the ears hanging. It’s funny. I love them all.ReplyCancel

  • Cat =^..^=Absolutely love these shots Illona, perfect! Her character shines in these! Such a beautiful and wonderful girl!ReplyCancel

  • Cat =^..^=Wow, I absolutely love these shots Illona, perfect, her character shines in these photos, such a beautiful, wonderful girl!ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiaI’m knocked over by these photos. They are just amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-Jacksonillona once again you have captured the essence of the dog! Cinnamon is such a perfect little basset hound. We adopted a huge 5 year old basset hound when i was in high school. these photos bring back fond memories of our Morgan, thanks !!!!
    and who couldn’t fall in love with those ears!!!!!!??????ReplyCancel

  • AnitaBasset puppies are my favourite…when they’re ears are so long they’re tripping on them!

    Great shots, you did an awesome job capturing this gorgeous lady!ReplyCancel

  • dianeAmazing shoot! What gorgeous pictures! Love the ear shots, for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith RamsayThese pics are sooo great! What a cute dog!ReplyCancel

  • wendyThat one in the forest is GORGEOUS! And I love the over the shoulder one too!ReplyCancel

  • DenisExcellent selection on the blog. You show Cinnamon off so well. Nat and I are narrowing down our choices from all the great images you took; and such a selection at that. Natalie’s Mom loves them too, since she is like Cinnamon’s second Mom.
    For those just finding Scruffy Dog Photography, I highly recommend a photo shoot with Illona. As you can see above she does excellent work, and that is only a small selection of what we can choose from. If you’ve been thinking about photos, book now.ReplyCancel

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