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. Independent. Protective. Commands respect. Most loyal to his family and territory.
The dog itself is to be found all through central asia and has different names according to different locations. "The name Tibetan Mastiff is a misnomer; the Tibetan Mastiff itself is not a true Mastiff. The term "mastiff" was used by the Europeans who first came to Tibet because it was used to refer to nearly all large dog breeds in the West. A better name for the dog might be Tibetan mountain dog or, to encompass the landrace breed throughout its range, Himalayan mountain dog."
Source: F.C.I. Breed Standard (PDF)
Links to Breed Descriptions:
↑▲ Video Description: "The Tibetan Mastiff is a primitive breed used to guard livestock. The breed is highly intelligent, highly protective, and independent thinking dog. Richard Eichhorn has a been involved with this rare dog breed since 1978, he was one of the first advocates for the breed in the United States. Very few animal documentaries will give you insight in to this breed. While at his breeding facility in the California High Dessert, we see a lot of great examples of the Tibetan Mastiff breed. The modern Tibetan Mastiff if only slightly changed from the Ancient dogs of Tibet. Because this is a landrace breed developed over centuries in Southern China, and only recently brought mainstream, this is still a healthy breed. Aloof yet alert the Tibetan Mastiff is quiet and protective of his family, This is an elite canine guard dog. The Tibetan Mastiff developed in the Himalayan Mountains and the plains of Central Asia. The breed has a heavy coat that unlike more domesticated breeds, the coat serve as protection from predators as well as the elements."
Modern Molosser Magazine articles
Straight from the Source
Translated by Wu Chengmin, Tibetan Mastiff Research Center, Gon Yi, China
From Tibet With Love
Other Names for Breed:
Dogue du Tibet
Dogo del Tibet
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance. Click here to view downloads (2011-2016 Agria files)
2. KoiraNet-jalostustietojärjestelmä (Finnish Kennel Club Database): Tibetan Mastiff
3. Statistics: Klub tibetskej dogy (Slovakia Breed Club)
4. Estonia: Mastifite Tõuühing (PDF)
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
UK: KC Assured Breeder requirements
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO and PEVISA
US: OFA: CHIC tests
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database:
HGTD: Tibetan Mastiff
Canine Chronicle: Where We Stand – The Tibetan Mastiff in the West Today!
by Mary Fischer
Modern Molosser Magazine: Tibetan Mastiffs in Transition
First-ever Do Khyi World Congress discusses the breed's future
By Eric Holliday
Tibetan Mastiff Breeds: Do-Khyi vs Tsang-Khyi Know The Differences About This Breed
China Exploration & Research Society
The Great Tibetan Dog
By Brandon Leynaud Duke University
TIBETAN MASTIFF RESCUE
Modern Molosser Magazine: A Glimpse of Yushu
Life -- and heartache -- in the Tibetan Mastiff's native land
By Susan M. Smith
Tibetan Mastiff History, Lore and Modern Living
Interview with Sabrina Novarra who worked to help establish the breed with the American Kennel Club.
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
The Tibetan Mastiff In China - a three part pictorial series direct from Lana Tsan a Science and Advisory Board member who lived in China.
TheDogPlace June 29, 2009
Drakyi Tibetan Mastiffs (Richard Eichhorn and Efrain Valle)
Tibetan Mastiff Info Website
Coat Color Genetics in Tibetan Mastiffs
© Charles W. Radcliffe & Matthew J. Taylor 2008
Adaptive Changes in Hemoglobin Function in High-Altitude Tibetan Canids Were Derived via Gene Conversion and Introgression
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
US: American Tibetan Mastiff Association
UK: Tibetan Mastiff Club Of Great Britain
Sweden: Svenska Tibetanska Mastiff Klubben
Finland: Suomen Tiibetinmastiffit ry
Germany: VDH: Internationaler Klub für Tibetische Hunderassen e.V.
Slovakia: Klub tibetskej dogy
Australia: Australian Kennel Club: Tibetan Mastiff
Please note: The Finnish Tibetan Mastiff club maintains a list of links to many country's TM associations and clubs