Bob and I bought our first Pyrenean in 1974 purely by chance. We arranged to see
some Old English Sheep Dog puppies at a breeders in Stanley, Co Durham. When we arrived,
we were greeted by a beautiful, friendly 8 month old Pyrenean Mountain Dog Puppy,
who seemed to take instantly to us, especially our two year old daughter, Clair.
After much persuasion the breeder agreed to let us buy him. His name was Sabre and
we had him for 11 ½ years purely as a pet.
After we lost Sabre our life was very empty. We could not be without a Pyrenean!
We decided to go to a Pyrenean breeder and we bought our first show dog – Tasha,
Tudwick Chrissie, from Geogina De’Pledge. We had great fun showing her and became
Our second bitch, Neika, Laudley Diamond Solitaire, was bought from Mrs Beryl Lord.
To enable us to breed we needed a prefix. Being a French breed I borrowed a book
on French Aristocracy. I came across the name Charibert, a French nobleman.I changed
the ‘T’ to and ‘E’ to make Charibere as I liked the sound better, and so our prefix
Neika became Laudley Diamond Solitaire at Charibere, our foundation bitch, giving
us our present line of size, soundness and excellent temperament.
As well as being show dogs all our dogs live in the house and are a major part of
CHARIBERE AT CHEZANNA
Arthur and I have been in the Pyrenean world now for nearly 10 years.
I first saw a Pyrenean Mountain Dog when I was a little girl on television. The programme
was called Belle and Sebastian. I asked my father about the dog and he said it was
a Pyrenean Mountain Dog – and no I couldn’t have one! But knew then that one day
I would own a beautiful white dog just like the one on television. I never dreamt
I would own more than one.
I waited a long time to get my first Pyrenean - he was called Sacha Laudley Daktari
(who sadly died in March 2009 at the age of 10.) We did show Sacha and we had a few
first placings, his best being a first in his class at Crufts.
By now I had truly got the showing bug and in 2001 I joined the North of England
Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club. There I met Linda and Bob Marston and we became firm
friends. I have now got two bitches and two boys from Linda and have had great success
in the show ring.
With such a large family of dogs, we decided to move from our home in Bradford, West
Yorkshire, and we took on a large project of a home conversion, where we lived in
a caravan from 2007 to 2009. We moved into our completed Barn Conversion here in
Herefordshire on New Years Eve. The dogs had plenty of room to play with their own
paddock and they just love it!