39 Christmas Pics “Ruined” By Dogs

Christmas is a magical time that’s meant to be spent with your family, eating lots of food, and taking fun photos. No matter who we are, a small part of us still yearns for that ‘perfect’ holiday photo with our loved ones and our pets. However, far from every pet is well-behaved for long. And some dogs seem like they’re on a mission to mess up their parents’ portraits and create photo fails in any and every way they can.

Bored Panda has sniffed out the best Xmas photos ‘ruined’ (some would say ‘enhanced’) by pooches on the internet, so get your Scooby Snacks ready and start scrolling! Remember to give your fave dogs a boop on their noses and an upvote under the photo. Do you have any stories or photos of your pets messing about during the holidays? Share them in the comment section.

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Some photography basics never change, no matter your subject. In this case, if you’re going for the ‘perfect’ holiday pic, you want to play around with the lighting to see what looks best. As a rule of thumb, natural light tends to look better. What’s more, you can hardly expect to take the best possible shot on your first try. So don’t be scared to re-do your snaps if your dog decides to paw you in the face or flash a silly face. But that’s not all.


“My Friends dog jumped into the shot”

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“Christmas emotions”

Image credits: BrieCheese27


Keeping your dog well-behaved and feeling good during your holiday photo shoot can be a challenge. But it’s important to stay playful and accept any mistakes that happen as they come along.

After all, your dog doesn’t really understand what photography is or why it needs to look ‘presentable’ and stay still. To your dog, what you’re doing probably looks like a fun game (or something incredibly tedious, from the expressions of some of these pets).


“I tried to take a cute christmas photo holding my dog…”

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“Our 2020 Christmas card”

Image credits: Viv Barker

Enlisting the help of a squeaky toy or a snack can work wonders. Especially if your dog is well-trained and listens to your commands. All the while making sure that the lighting is alright, the angles are good, and that everyone looks happy in the portrait.

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At the end of the day, there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ Xmas photo. But the goofy pics that you take with your dog messing everything up might just make for the most memorable snaps that you’ll be showing your friends over and over and over again.

We think it’s time to redefine what ‘perfection’ means and to fully embrace our ‘ruined’ photos (and our best boys and girls).


“We were taking our family Christmas photo, and let’s just say the dogs weren’t in a Holly Jolly mood. This photo was the worst of the batch, but now it’s a conversation starter. We keep it right by the entrance of our home here in St. Louis”

Image credits: awkwardfamilyphotos


“This is our 2006 Christmas Card photo with our 6-year-old English Bulldog, Joan”

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“All is NOT calm”

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“A family photo”

Image credits: Ashleigh Macpherson


“Family Christmas picture photobomb”

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“So, my dog met Santa Claus.”

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“Someone photobombed our Christmas photo.”

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“Mom wanted a picture of the dog for our Christmas card. Nailed it?”

Image credits: anthonygrimes


“This photo not only captures a quote from my favourite Christmas movie but also how I dealt with 2020… this is fine. *no dogs were harmed in the making of this picture.”

Image credits: kaylajae1


“Our failed attempt at a Christmas card a few years ago lol Merry Christmas”

Image credits: Brooke Summers Tigert


“Benny disapproves of family photos…”

Image credits: Matthew William



“My husband and I wanted to take a Christmas family photo with our dog Rylee, but he kept wandering off. When we got home our photographer called us and said, ‘I found where Rylee was.”

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“Resentment at it’s finest…not sure if it’s from the elf costume or for us bringing home this baby!”

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“New Years photobomb!”

Image credits: surelyknott


“My dog tangled in Christmas lights, and breathing fire”

Image credits: danielsnelen


“My friend’s dog’s reaction after finding out that his Christmas gift was a sweater”

Image credits: TheBlasianSensation


“I just wanted a nice family photo for Christmas. I don’t know what Donut wanted”

Image credits: Courtney Thomsen


“Sully disapproved taking a family photo while matching outfits”

Image credits: Christian Andrade Tahassoni



“In case you were wondering, this is what happens when you try to take a Christmas card picture, but your dog firmly believes she’s the star of every show…”

Image credits: Deanna Greenstein


“Our dog photobombed the annual christmas pictures”

Image credits: Lepuzki


“The Crappiest Christmas Ever”

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“It is a rare occasion when we can gather all grown children, significant others, grandkids AND dogs for a family picture. We did it! Sort of.”

Image credits: awkwardfamilyphotos


“Just wanted to take a nice Christmas photo with my dog…”

Image credits: MacaroniBrownies


“Taught my dog to pose and now he is photobombing all my attempts to take a pic.”

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“How my dog opens her Christmas presents”

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“This is my cat (Gus) and dog (Honey Pie). Honey wouldn’t sit down next to me so I thought it would be a good idea to hold her and Gus. While my sister was getting ready to take the photo they both started fighting. This photo is the end result. That is the look of true fear on my face of being mauled by my cat!”

Image credits: awkwardfamilyphotos


“My dog wouldn’t sit still for Christmas photos so I just went with it”

Image credits: susiealvarado0


“Trying to take a nice family photo”

Image credits: Max Stern


“My supervisors daughter got a new dog. This is the Christmas card she just got”

Image credits: Sniglet5000

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