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08:26 Mar 10 2010

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Tibetan mastiff exhibition to be held in E China
08:25, March 10, 2010  

About 60 pure-blood Tibetan mastiffs will be on show at an exhibition that will run from March 20 to 22 in Yixing, east China's Jiangsu Province.

Photo taken on Feb. 27. 2009, shows a handler communicating with a white Tibetan mastiff. (Xinhua Photo)

The exhibition will be held by the Tibet Himalayan Pure-blood Tibetan Mastiff Rescue Center.

Murong Zhongchun, director of the center, said that the Tibetan mastiff, known as the "heavenly dog", is a dog species indigenous to China and the ancestor of various kinds of dogs in the world.

The Tibetan Mastiff Center, dedicated to rescuing pure-blood Tibetan mastiffs, has a mastiff breeding base in the suburbs of Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

During the exhibition, the center will also showcase Tibetan culture related to the Tibetan mastiffs.

Murong said that Yixing is the first leg, and the exhibition will be held across China to promote the Tibetan mastiff culture and raise people's awareness to protect the precious dog.

According to historical documents, Genghis Khan, the founder of the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), recruited many Tibetan mastiffs into his troops when making an expedition to Europe.

The expedition troop returned in 1241, with some soldiers residing in Europe with their horses and Tibetan mastiffs.

Later, these Tibetan mastiffs mated with local dogs and gave birth to many famous large-sized dogs, such as the Mastiff, the Great Pyrenees and the Newfoundland Dog.

Murong added that the Tibetan mastiff is not only strong and majestic but also loyal to its owner.

The number of pure-blood Tibetan mastiffs has been on the decrease year by year, with most of them living in the pastoral areas on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

The survival of the Tibetan mastiffs has thus drawn wide attention.

Source: Xinhuanet

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