Tibetan Mastiff puppies

Tibetan Mastiff


ORIGIN: Tibet (China)

PATRONAGE: FCI.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 18.03.2015.

UTILIZATION:A companion, watch and guard dog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION:Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
Section2.2 Molossoid breeds, Mountain type. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Tibetan Mastiff (Do Khyi) is an ancient working breed of the nomad herders of the Himalaya and a traditional guardian of the Tibetan monasteries. It has been surrounded by great myth since its first discovery in antiquity. From the mentioning by Aristoteles (384-322 b.C.) to the famous writings of Marco Polo, who went to Asia in 1271, all historical reports praise the natural strength and impressiveness of the Tibetan Mastiff - both physically and mentally. Even its bark has been described as a unique and highly treasured feature of the breed. Leading European cynologists of the past, like Martin and Youatt, Megnin, Beckmann, Siber as well as Strebel and Bylandt have intensively covered the Tibetan Mastiff, as they had been fascinated by its origin and function in the Tibetan culture. Some even considered the breed to be the very forefather of all large mountain and mastiff breeds. One of the first known Tibetan Mastiffs to reach Western shores was a male sent to Queen Victoria by Lord Hardinge (then Viceroy of India) in 1847. Later in the 1880s, Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) took two dogs back to England. An early recorded litter of Tibetan Mastiffs was born in 1898 in the Berlin Zoo.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Powerful, heavy, well built, with good bone. Impressive; of solemn and earnest appearance. Combines majestic strength, robustness and endurance; fit to work in all climate conditions. Slow to mature, only reaching its best at 2-3 years in females and at least 4 years in males.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Skull measured from occiput to stop equal tomuzzle from stop to end of nose but muzzle may be a little shorter. Body slightly longer than height at withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Independent. Protective. Commands respect. Most loyal to his family and territory.

COAT HAIR: Quality of greater importance than quantity. Coat harsh, thick, top coat not too long, with dense and rather wolly undercoat in cold weather which becomes rather sparse in warmer months. Males carry noticeably more coat than females. Hair fine but harsh, straight and off-standing. Never silky, curly or wavy. Neck and shoulders heavily coated, giving mane-like appearance. Tail bushyand well feathered; hindlegs well feathered on upper rear parts.

COLOUR: Rich black, with or without tan marking; blue, with or without tan markings; gold, from rich fawn to deep red, sable.All colours to be as pure as possible. Tan ranges from a rich chestnut to a lighter colour. White star on breast permissible. Minimal white markings on feet acceptable. Tan markings appear above eyes, on lower part of legs and underside of tail. Tan markings on muzzle; spectacle markings tolerated around eyes.

SIZE: Height at the withers: Dogs:66 cm (26 ins) minimum,.Bitches:61 cm (24 ins) minimum.