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Tibetan mastiffs: Guardians for Tibetans
11:31, April 07, 2010  


The Tibetan mastiff is regarded as the oldest rare existing dog in the world. Known for a strong body and loyalty to its owners, and the best animal protector for nomadic people, kings and chieftains of tribes. (File Photo)


The Tibetan mastiff is regarded as the oldest rare existing dog in the world. Known for a strong body and loyalty to its owners, and the best animal protector for nomadic people, kings and chieftains of tribes.

In ancient China, the animal was often presented to emperors as tribute.

Well suited to the harsh environment on plateaus, most of them still serve as watchdogs for monasteries, courtyards and domestic animals in Tibet, Nepal and other Himalayan areas today.

Some business people or herders will choose mastiffs to accompany them all along their trips because they can protect their lives and property from the wild animals such as wolves and snow leopards.

Tibetan mastiffs are now mainly found in pastoral areas, but the number of pure mastiffs is dropping as a result of historical changes and the passage of the time.

With the increasingly higher demand from domestic and foreign markets, a survival crisis has been posing a great threat to this precious species of dogs.

Anyway, mastiffs' subsistence has drawn closer attention of the global community. Various measures are being taken to Protect this precious animal, including artificial breeding of pure Tibetan mastiffs.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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