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Ghillies dog photography session

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Ghillie is a Tibetan Terrier who we welcomed into the studio during July. Ghillie was an absolute joy to photograph and had a wonderful character that we captured throughout the session. It was a warm day so we took our time in each shot, giving Ghillie a good cooling off in the river at the end which made for some stunning pictures! Ghillie is a Pets As Therapy dog, it is always an absolute pleasure to welcome PAT dog’s into the studio as they are so well mannered and always a joy to photograph!


Check out some of Ghilles best images from the session throughout this blog. For more information our Dog Photography Sessions

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history of tibetan terrier

Tibetan Terrier is a breed of dog that originates from Tibet, they were bred to be with the sole focus of being lamaseries to be companions to the holy men and the nomadic herdsmen they were used to guard their tents. They were thought to have bought good luck, hence why they were never sold only given as gifts or thanks for favours. With being bred as lamaseries they make the perfect watchdog, however with their kind nature it doesn’t suit them being a guard dog as they don’t have that aggressive nature.

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characteristics of a tibetan terrier

Despite being called terrier, they aren’t a member of the terrier group. They were given the name on the shire size of them, they don’t share the same characteristics of Terriers who have a tendency to go to ground (digging) or the sharp temperament a terrier can have. They are a loving and fun breed, that are full of character. They are a breed who absolutely loves people and they will adapt to their life whether that is being a couch potato or in an active family who loves walking, they really will brighten up your day.

Like Ghillie they thrive on being close to humans, and this is why they excel at being therapy dogs. Ghillie is a wonderful Pets As Therapy Dog and is a real credit to Nick.

Are you thinking of getting a tibetan terrier? here are some quick facts to help you out.

  1. They are wonderful family dogs and would suit a house hold with school aged children who would know how to treat a dog.
  2. They are good with other dogs and pets, especially if they have been raised together from a young age.
  3. With their long coat they do require a lot of maintenance, frequent brushing and baths.
  4. With their watch dog nature if they hear or see anything out of the ordinary they will bark it’s just their characteristic. they will also bark as it is a sign of boredom, it’s just their way of telling you their board.
  5. They love daily exercise. A good long walk will keep them happy.
  6. They absolutely love a busy household, having plenty of attention is what they want.
  7. They are an easy dog to train, with positive reinforcement such as praise, playing and food rewards will make training a breeze.

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typical health conditions that a tibetan terrier can suffer from

They are normally a very healthy breed however like any breed there are certain conditions that they’re prone to.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) – This is a eye disorder which can eventually cause blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of their eye. You’re normally able to detect this condition a few years before they actually show any signs of blindness. Dogs can use their senses to live a long and happy life with blindness.
  • Lens Luxation – This is a condition that is inherited where the lens isn’t positioned correctly in the eye, it can be a partial or completely out of position. In some cases it is treated with medication or surgery however in very severe cases they may need to remove the eye.
  • Hip Dysplasia – This condition is where the femur doesn’t fit snug into the pelvic socket of the hip joint. This condition can be there with or without signs, some dogs will show pain or discomfort on their back legs. With this condition over the years arthritis can occur. If your dog shows these signs they shouldn’t be bred, medication or surgery is the method of battling this condition.

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