Congratulations to Tibetan Mastiff Sierras’ Sasha-Yakone Nanuk, winner of Best In Breed at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club show that took place in February at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Owners Jim Butler and Ricardo Gallegos.
One of the largest breeds in dogdom, these giants
average 180 [see Jim Butler’s comment below] pounds.
Over 2700 dogs entered the 2013 show – a record-breaker.
Fluffy tails are more than just for show – they can curl over the nose and allow for warmer air to breathe while sleeping in cold climes. Sturdy legs and big foot pads help maneuver over snowy landscapes.
A Chinese dog-owner is suing an animal clinic in Beijing after his Tibetan mastiff died while undergoing a facelift to make it look more attractive to breeders…
In March, an 11-month old red Tibetan mastiff pup named Big Splash was sold in the Chinese city of Qingdao for a staggering $US 1.5 million to an unnamed buyer, described as a wealthy coal baron. The dogs are renowned as one of China’s most prized breeds – legend says Genghis Khan and Buddha each had one.
I’m curious: If you spend 1.5 mil on a dog and the dog won’t bring you your paper in the morning, can you get a refund? Can you get a discount if it refuses to fetch slippers – sayyy… a couple hundred grand?
-originally bred as guard dogs
-highly affectionate to family; aloof to strangers
-medium playfulness and trainability
-owners of these dogs say they can be “a handful”
-weight can top 150 lbs. for males
-breeding in the U.S. began in the 1970’s with stock from Nepal and India
-included in the Working Group as of 2007
-strong-willed; can bark at night
-tail should be curled over; cat-like feet
-check for hip dysplasia
Actually they’re a really old breed, but this is the first year that the Tibetan Mastiff will compete at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden (Monday and Tuesday). On show days, if you walk through the lobby of the hotel across the street from Penn Station on 7th Ave, you will see all manner of dogs. Competitors
Seems that these (born in 2007) are the K-9’s to be of Annhui.