A new addition to our family

Yesterday we had our first opportunity to meet a new addition to our family – a gorgeous puppy. And I have a portrait to share with you – the first of many I suspect as I chart the progress of this adorable animal from cuddly puppy to full grown dog. This is an Entlebucher – a breed many of you will probably never have heard of. It’s not easy photographing a puppy, they don’t stay still for long. Constantly inquisitive, they advance on the camera determined to give it a good lick!

Sadly, this is not my dog. It belongs to our daughter and her partner who have, in the last few days, taken ownership of this 8 week old Entlebucher puppy, to be called Bertie.

This is a rare breed dog, the smallest of the four breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs. The breed’s primary use in the past was for herding cattle, but that role has diminished rapidly with changes in farming practice. And sadly the breed numbers decreased significantly in tandem with those changes, putting the survival of the breed at risk.  Thankfully breeding programmes are now in existence to help restore the numbers.

As all members of our family are lovers of Switzerland it feels rather special to have now a particular attachment to something genuinely Swiss.

Entlebuchers are described as sociable, loyal animals developing strong links with their owners. They also have bags of energy. Their owners are likely to tire before they do! I now have an extra reason for keeping fit: I might even be invited to do some mountain walking with Bertie when he grows up, but by the sound of it I might have some difficulty keeping up with him.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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14 Responses to A new addition to our family

  1. rigmover says:

    Great photo and cute dog.

  2. Adam Allegro says:

    One of my absolute favorite types of dog!!! My friend and his wife got one a few months back. Awesome shot! Brings a smile to my face 🙂

  3. oneowner says:

    She has beautiful coloring and expressive eyes. You’re going to have fun with her.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. He looks a bit sad I thought, but puppies tire easily when they are young. He’s actually full of mischief, my daughter will need eyes in the back of her head!

  4. seekraz says:

    Looks like she’s going to be BIG. 🙂 Very nice.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Scott. Size-wise he’s going to be a bit smaller than a Labrador but more powerfully built.

      • seekraz says:

        You’re welcome, Andy…he has that “blockiness” to his face and head common in St Bernards…very pretty. I was in Switzerland as a young teen and remember seeing a HUGE black dog that looked similar to a St Bernard…big mountain dog…stunningly beautiful…and gentle, probably a Newfoundland…with a face similar to your puppy….

  5. Len says:

    You are right Andy, I’ve never heard of the breed. Looks so cute. I’m sure that he will be one of your favorite subjects

  6. Oh you put a smile on my face today Andy. What an absolute sweetie. Have fun with your grand-puppy 🙂 Great shot. I’m looking forward to more.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks so much Edith. We will have some fun with this little fella. Can’t wait for him to come and pay our garden a visit and watch him having a run around

  7. OMG That face! How can you say no to that!!!! Great image..

  8. Rick says:

    OMG so cute! I hear those are such gentle dogs.

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