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Harry is a Tibetan Terrier. His official name is ‘Happy Haribo’ and the name suits him. He was the most happy and contented dog I have met for sometime. He has entered three dog shows receiving third prize in one for ‘the dog the judges would most like to take home’. He is extremely sociable and loves meeting other dogs. The shoot was held at Harrold Country park in Bedfordshire.

For a little background information, Tibetan terrier are a very ancient breed dating back 2000 years actually from monasteries in Tibet. Also known as the “Holy Dogs of Tibet,” Tibetan Terriers were never sold, only given as gifts by monks to promote good fortune. They were also given the job of retrieving items that fell down the mountainside from the elevated monasteries. A very interesting breed.



I was recently fortunate to be able to photograph 9 month old Bee who is a Blue Merle Tibetan Terrier Cross. Her dad was the Tibetan but her mum was a collie/poodle/chinese crested so a bit of a wonderful mix. A very bouncy puppy and spent all her time running around as you would expect. Our shoot took place at The Forest centre in Marston Moretaine where Bee socialised so well with other dogs.

The background to these dogs is quite interesting. Very briefly The Tibetan Terrier is not actually a member of the terrier group despite its name. The breed was given its English name by European travelers due to its resemblance to known terrier breeds. The Tibetan name for the Breed, Tsang Apso, roughly translates to “shaggy or bearded dog from the province of Tsang”. Bred and raised in monasteries by Lamas ( a spiritual leader in Buddhist Tibet and not the animal that is a Llama !)  they were kept as good luck charms, mascots, watchdogs and companions. They were also used to retrieve articles that fell down mountain sides.

Here are few shots from the shoot.


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