Yogi’s no bear

A rare breed (in the UK) and a real privilege for me to meet and photograph Yogi. Yogi is a Great Swiss Mountain Dog; a breed which has only been in the UK for a relatively short time. A large, heavy-boned and powerful dog (the largest of the four Swiss Mountain dog breeds) they were originally bred and used for general farm duties such as herding and guarding. Despite the breed’s imposing physical stature they are a sociable and calm breed with a strong affinity to people and a real lust for attention.

Yogi is certainly all of these things. A wonderful dog, though still young and very much a puppy, he has such a great confident and friendly nature. I first met Yogi some months ago when I worked with Helen Eade of Social Paws (click here for the website) creating some images for her business and Yogi happened to be one of the dogs she was working with on the day we met. I fell in love with Yogi instantly – he reminded me of a dog that I knew when I was growing up – not the same breed but a similarly large and powerful dog with a wonderful friendly nature.

A very big thank you to Brenda (Yogi’s doting owner) for allowing me to spend time with Yogi and take some photographs, a selection of which I’ve produced here.

If you wish to know about the breed then please consult the Great Swiss Mountain Dog Club: click here


My name is Chris Tarling and I'm a photographer living in Cheltenham (the centre of the wonderful Cotswolds!) with my wife and two labradors; the irrepressible Coco & Marley. I've been a passionate photographer since my teen years, chasing the perfect image initially through precious slide film and now with my digital cameras. I absolutely love taking pictures of my two labradors, they are without doubt my muses and feature prominently throughout my web site. I have a priceless record of them growing up from puppies, so much so that they are both very used to my camera. Posed photographs have their place but for me the thrill lies in capturing their unique characters in an arresting image. My favourite pictures are invariably taken whilst the guys are playing freely - they absolutely love any water and a good 'throwie stickie' session. Largely this means that they are wet and dirty most of the time but the fun they are having always shines through. My aim in setting up Yellow Hound is to use my skills as a photographer, and my deep love of animals, to generate wonderful, special images for others. Images that will be cherished, that capture their personality and also the bond with their owners. I like to work closely with an animal's owner to understand both of their characters, what they enjoy and hence create an environment at each session that's fun and produces great images. Whilst I love dogs and animals I am keen photographer of many different subjects; you'll see some examples of my work on this site. I also work commercially so if you run a business and are looking for a special image to use then please give me a call to discuss what I can create.

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