Fun Facts About the Tibetan Mastiff
You must know of the Tibetan Mastiff as the world’s most ferocious dog and we bring you some more fun facts about this breed that has interested so many dog lovers throughout history!
It is the most expensive dog, ever
The Tibetan Mastiff is an exotic breed of dog that takes the top spot in the list of the most expensive dog, ever. Forget about owning a Tibetan Mastiff unless you are multi millionaire. A Tibetan Mastiff puppy was recently sold for 1.5 million dollars! Looking after the dog and providing for its needs is also a matter of thousands of dollars!
They are a royal breed
The Tibetan Mastiff is considered to be Royal as it belonged to Kings and Queens like King George IV, Queen Victoria and Genghis Khan who is believed to brought along with him 30,000 of these dogs when he was on his expedition to Western Europe! They are holy too!
In Chinese culture the color red is thought to be lucky. The Red Tibetan Mastiffs are considered as holy animals that bless their owners with health and fortune. Tibetans too believe that the souls of monks and nuns who weren’t worthy to be either humans or Shambhalas, have been reincarnated as these dogs.
Their name translates to ‘Guardian’.
The local name for the Tibetan Mastiff is ‘do-khyi’; translated to door guard, home guard, a dog which may be kept and dog that may be tied. The name signifies the fact that the dog is a born guardian. But a Tibetan Mastiff should not be mistaken as a guard dog or a herding dog.
They evolved from wolves
The Tibetan Mastiff that we see today is said to be the descendants of wolves. It took them almost 60,000 years to get genetically diverged and emerge into the breed that we are familiar with.
Marco Polo found them fascinating too!
Marco Polo happened to come across these dogs while his visit to the East. He was extremely fascinated by this breed and described Tibetan Mastiffs as ‘tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion’. Interesting!