Snow lions: Tibet in Kazakhstan
• Snow lions: from Tibet to Kazakhstan
Tibetan Mastiff - one of the oldest breeds, served as guard dogs in Tibetan monasteries and helps nomads in the Himalayan mountains. Since the first mention in ancient times, this breed has always been surrounded by myths and legends. Today we will try to cover some of them and tell you how wonderful these dogs came from Tibet in Kazakhstan.
History of the discovery of kennel "Gangsen" began in 2000 when its founder, Alexander Gritskov went to travel to Tibet to study the history, culture and traditions. Having lived in Tibet, 5 years, Alexander was filled with the spirit of this truly amazing country, and entered the Tantric Institute, where he studied Buddhist philosophy.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, majestic temples, and the very nature of Tibet became a part of it, but Tibetan mastiffs have become for him the physical embodiment of quiet power and natural grace. (Photo: Alexander at a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
After that he got the idea to do the revival and popularization of Tibetan mastiffs in their homeland - Kazakhstan. Alexander assembled a team of professionals, and in 2013 in the foothills of the ecologically clean area on the outskirts of Almaty kennel Tibetan Mastiff has been opened so-called lvinoobraznogo type (draw-chi) called Gangsen, that in Tibetan language means "snow lion". By the way, the nursery has a representative office in Tibet itself - in the monastery Tse Chok Ling Dharamsala, where Alexander lived 5 years.
For the development of the pedigrees of thoroughbred line in Kazakhstan nursery staff a lot of money has been spent and effort on the selection and delivery of dogs from the best kennels of China and Tibet.
Tibetan Mastiff - born guards to protect your home and family. On the "Top of the World" - their home in Tibet - these dogs were guarding the house of the monks, Tibetan herds of yaks and Tibetan monasteries of wild snow leopards and enemy invaders. The true story of the origin of the breed was lost in time, but historians say that the Tibetan mastiff - one of the oldest purebred dog breeds.
Aristotle and Marco Polo (in the famous notes of traveling to Asia in 1271) among many other authors sing the natural strength and power of the Tibetan Mastiff - both physical and mental. Even Tibetan Mastiff barking is considered a unique and highly valuable feature of the breed.
The most outstanding dog handlers, charmed the origin of the Tibetan mastiff, and his place in Tibetan culture, heavily engaged in its study. It is believed that the Tibetan Mastiff is the ancestor of all the species belonging to the Molosser group. The first known Tibetan Mastiff, reached the coasts of Western Europe, was the dog, sent in 1847 by Lord Harding (who later became Viceroy of India) to Queen Victoria. Later, in the 80-ies of the XIX century, Edward VII had brought with him to England two dogs. And in 1898, officially recorded litter of Tibetan mastiff appeared in the Berlin zoo.
On the hunt Tibetan mastiff equated to the pack of 20 greyhounds and beagles - it is this price imposed for a Tibetan mastiff in the exchange. One Tibetan Mastiff is able to cope with the leopard, dogs already the couple can fight on equal terms with a tiger and even lion. In war, the Tibetan Mastiff can be compared with two lightly armed foot soldiers. But the simple peasants could not afford to have the dog: for its content in the royal treasury to pay considerable taxes.
Over time, interest in the breed is not extinct, but only increased. Now Tibetan mastiffs are among the ten most popular dog breeds in the world, and are also the most expensive breed. This year, China's Zhejiang Province pup Tibetan mastiff was sold for 12 million yuan (nearly 2 million)!
These dogs rightfully won a place in the hearts of people all over the world. And become more familiar with them, it becomes clear why.
Newborn Tibetan mastiff look like small and defenseless lumps weighing less than 1 kilogram. At the age of 2 to 4 months, puppies are actively exploring the world. Any lesson that they get to this age, it is remembered for a lifetime.
Gradually they grow and get stronger, become strong and reliable guards, great defenders of family and loyal companions. Tibetan Mastiff - a powerful and heavy dog with a sturdy build strong muscles, profuse coat and mane around the neck. Some adult dogs may reach 80 kg, and even more. Differ enviable health and longevity - almost adult dogs do not get sick and live an average of 16 years.
As it turned out, the Tibetan mastiffs are also very talented actors. In the autumn of 2014 the representatives of the kennel "Gangsen" took part in the filming of the historical movie "Marco Polo" Weinstein brothers.
"It was a useful and interesting experience not only for dogs, but also for us, - says in the nursery. - A lot of impressions, unfamiliar and often stressful situation that prevailed at the time of the shooting, was not reflected in our pets. All the time spent on the set, they kept the Tibetan truly calm and equanimity. "
deduced for the harsh climatic conditions of Tibet, this breed does not need particular care or a special diet. The dogs are in good health and stable psyche, calm character and high intelligence. They are easily trained, very sociable, but not intrusive. They communicate well with other breeds. And with regard to children to love and good nature.
In this case, the Tibetan mastiffs have a strong will, and their training may take a little longer than usual. Specialists dog handlers do not get tired amazed at their quiet dignity, grandeur and delicate beauty. According to them, the Tibetan Mastiff - a truly dedicated and noble being.