The Tibetan Mastiff
The magnificent Tibetan
Mastiff caught the dog world's eye on the telecast of the Westminster Kennel Club
Dog Show in Feb. of
this year when the enormous but stately Tibetan Mastiff
received a Working
Group placement, setting a new record for newly AKC recognized breed.
We present Part 3 of a three part
pictorial series direct from China.
Lana Tsan is a member of our
Science and Advisory Board, lives in China, and travels the world seeking and sharing information on dogs.
to the right is the show from last year (2008) in Canton
where the Tibetan mastiff association of qinhai give
everyone a Royal Haitak (Scarf) welcome and blessing.
The ordinary scarf is white but the royal VIP scarf is
yellow. I saw on the TV a few days before the Dalai
Lhama giving the president of France a white scarf.
I only have 1 Tibetan mastiff in my kennel. I would buy
another one when that one dies.
I love the breed and have always kept one Tibetan
mastiff since the 1980’s until now.
My first pair is from Ausable Kennels in 1980’s from
Australia who traces back to Apache Ann.
of the most noted foundation bitch in USA.
the left) Now I have broken the rules after the
death of my last Tibetan mastiff in 2008 from poisonous
snake bite, most likely a cobra (we captured one a few
days after his death).
Then the dog
I rescued during Chinese New Year has been a
handful and its previous owner send it to the
agricultural and fisheries department of Hong Kong to be
put down. It was not put down because it is during
Chinese New Year.
heard about it from the old owner and asked the old
owner if we might be able to take it and on the promise
of paying all fees. We took it home.
dog to the right is the 10 month old puppy I bought
earlier in Jan, 2009.
The dog at 2 ˝ is handsome and fairly obedient
especially to Philip. He has a good memory of voices and
likes to play. I think in being too boisterous was what
was its original trouble with his previous owner. He has
a funny habit of fishing koi from my pond and half
eating them. That is another of its trouble with a real
garden. Usually Tibetan mastiff loathes water but this
one is not typical in this sense.
I hate to say this but Tibetan mastiff could wrecked the
house as it likes to follow its owner around. It also
likes to walk around its own area and territorial – an
excellent guard dog who would give all to its own family
and its animals. I have seen them nursing kittens of its
own family’s. but will decidedly immediately kill any
stray cats in its territories plus dogs.
colors of Tibetan mastiff and the standard I have seen
in USA is not the same. China recognized only red and
all its shades, fawn, tan and fawn sables, white, black
( solid color for the above colors) with some white no
bigger than a few hairs on the chest and toes, black and
tan. I have not seen any sables like Alaskan malamutes
colors – the light wolf-sables or silver sables.
In my search of the breed, I have when I went to judge
in Taiwan been able to speak to the Tibetan Mastiff
president of the Taiwan Tibetan Mastiff Association. He
claims that China no longer has any Tibetan mastiff of
his standard and that he sells about 50 dogs per month
oversea esp. to USA the date for this is in 2004. I have
also visited their kennel in which they show me dogs
which I think to my eyes look like cross between
rottweiler and Tibetan mastiff. I heard rumors that they
are crossing the dogs to make them more tame, which to
me is wrong. The person who quote this also remark on
the cross in Russia of Caucasian Mountain dog with St.
Bernards and other breeds to make them more easier to
control and train, this act is done by the Red Star
Kennel. Then when the Berlin wall collapse the Caucasian
Mountain Dog at that time used by the East Germany to
patrol the walls were sold in total over 100 of them to
Taiwan. As they were too ferocious to control, they
become extinct in Taiwan by 2000’s.
to the right is our Certificate Agreement making us the
spokesperson for the North American Working Dog Association
- Far East)
It is also easier
and more acceptable for the western judges to have
Tibetan mastiff with better angulation in their hind
legs. As Chinese breeds tend to have more straighter
hocks like say 130 degrees i.e. chowlike, nearly all
Chinese breed has these characteristic i.e. sharpei,
chows, shendong greyhound ( saluki-like Chinese breed).
For me I am beyond words...
As dogs have no boundary like human they are not limited
to environment boundaries like we do. They are limited
to small pods in each area in Qinhai is because of the
high mountain range separating them. We humans should be
wiser of the two and be able to understand our dogs
better and use our knowledge and understanding of the
breed to breed better purebred dogs for its purpose in
the future or else our breed will face extinction
because of us in playing gods.
I am only human but I love my dogs and dog sports.
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