6 Dogs From Tibet
Tibet is the cradle of Zen Buddhism and a mystical place par excellence. Geographically, it is located in a region northeast of the Himalayas in Asia, within present-day China. There also originated famous dog breeds that perhaps not everyone knows that come from there, and that are very loved and popular. Do you want to know what are these dogs from Tibet? Read on.
The origins of this dog date back to almost 4,000 years ago in China. From the beginning it has been a breed of dog widely used for the work of shepherds. It was widely used in the Himalayas as a guardian of herds and villages.
The term mastiff was assigned by the Europeans who first arrived in Tibet because that name was used to refer to almost all breeds of large dogs in the West.
In Chinese, Shih Tzu means “lion dog” but being such an independent dog, the nickname “cat dog” is not exaggerated. The Shih Tzu originates from China where it was a sacred animal in the palaces. Its ancestors are dogs from Tibet called Lhassa Apso, which the Dalai Lama would have given to the Chinese emperors around the 17th century.
Despite its name, this dog has nothing of Terrier except the mischievous and funny character it sometimes shows. When it arrived in Europe, the British looked for a name for it, first they called it Griffon but in the end they decided to call it Tibetan Terrier. The Tibetan Terrier is a very old breed from the mountains of Tibet. Bred basically in monasteries, monks used it as a companion dog and shepherds used it to guide their flocks.
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Terriers: FCI Group #3: The 5 Types of Breeds.
The Tibetan Spaniel has always been one of the favorite breeds of Tibetan monks, who bred them in their monasteries and used them to spin the prayer wheels. The origins of the Tibetan Spaniel are quite uncertain, in China there are some representations of very similar dogs dating back to 1100 BC. It is possible that this Spaniel comes from the first Pekingese.
Tibetan Kyi Apso
The traditional range of the Tibetan Kyi Apso is on the Tibetan plateau near Mount Kailash; the breed is said to have been present in its range since ancient times. It is believed that at some point it diverged from the Tibetan Mastiff as a distinct variety. In its area of origin, the breed was traditionally kept to protect livestock from predators, as well as to guard the homes and settlements of its masters.
The Lhasa Apso is considered in its country of origin, Tibet, as a symbol of luck. As its name indicates, the Lhasa Apso originates from Tibet (Lhasa is the capital) and did not become known in the West until the beginning of the 20th century. The breed is supposed to have appeared around 800 B.C. from the hands of Tibetan monks and nobles. Others believe that its origin is not so ancient and speculate that the Lhasa Apso is the result of a cross between the Tibetan Terrier and the Spaniel.
Dogs from Tibet care
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