The mysterious Do Khyi
seclusion and also unanimity of Tibet are reliably one of the principal
reasons for all - the partial fabulous descriptions of a large Tibetan dog.
historical silk road also Tibet is touched it probably correctly that also
already in the antiquity on these dogs also in the European hemisphere one
reports again and again. The narrations from this time in addition, later
the descriptions by Marco Polo over these dogs prove that the travellers
nevertheless acquired a certain reverence before them. Already from such
reports it is evident that the targeted application of the dogs, i.e. for
the protection of the herd, must have not substantially changed the domestic
territory and property during this long period.
Much however is safe to represent above all in order
the own performance in the dangers of such a long journey correctly also
painted and exaggerated passed on.
Tibet Mastiff " Siring "
after Dalziel, London1881
from Strebel " the German dogs " Kynos publishing house
The written excessive
quantity of a gift to the Chinese emperor around 1121 v. Chr. describes a
dog, which in this type surely today no more is not to be found in
Tibet. Applies also here: the dog becomes which one from him makes. In these
seclusion of Tibet under partial life-hostile conditions of nature the
farmers, in addition, the pastoral tribe were threats by robbery and theft
suspended and like that were desired probably always it the fact that the
dogs a safe protection of have and property as well as the life ensured.
Whether the DO Khyi was
actually the ancestor of the just as legendary Molosser, in addition there
are many theses. In addition, the possibility existed it by the trade of the
antiquity, is possible that resembled human needs and ways of life the
independent emergence of similar dog types promoted. Surely however the
homogeneity of the behavior is to be still determined particularly with the
Eurasian herd protection dogs also today. The seclusion of the Tibetan high country has us
the Tibet Mastiff keeps a participation in the emergence almost unchanged or
other flock-guard breeds can be quite possible.
owner count Szecheni
" races of the dog " Kynos publishing house
addition, these theories are to be proven today over 100years after
"discovered” the Do Khyi by western cynologists not unique. The more
importantly it might be the Tibet Mastiff than original race in the physique
such as natures to keep as
uninfluenced as possible.
Only over the turn of the century, in the course of
the colonize Tibet was travelled, partly under adventurous conditions, often
also secretly by Europeans and by the descriptions, as well as by first
imported goods of such dogs to Europe large interest in these impressive Do
Khyi was aroused. The first representatives of the race were presented under
European names in Europe, from this time do result also at all the not
correctly introduced names for all Tibetan dog races like the Tibet Terrier,
which does not guarantee Terrier is, to the Tibet Spaniel, which does not
for the hunt reliably to use , and the Tibet Mastiff or in German the Tibet
Dogge which never had this
function as the European Mastiffs.
Strebel 1905 (Heliogravure)
fromStrebel " the German
such a way defined Do Khyi is safe also around the turn of the century a
imposing, strong dog with stately heading and mastiff-like lips, regarding
the legendary size is the disappointment however with the first expert ones
largely and already with the cynologists of this time was disputed the made
allocation to the Mastiffs and Molosser. Already also an allocation of the
Do Khyi to likewise at that time also still the flock guard dogs
wide-spread in Europe quite took place around the turn of the
The nature of these
early imported goods was often not in the focal point of the interest,
above after all many of these imported dogs survived a spending into our low
altitudes not for a long time. Often this imported Do Khyi was - at short notice in a the
position independently to those quite different conditions of the western
civilization not to adapt and came oneself in such a way it that these were
delivered into the zoos, in order to live there beside the beasts.
The relation of the
Europeans to the dog in this time was to be supported reliably not
favourably around these animals during the integration into the human
And nevertheless some Europeans quite detected the
peculiar attraction by an intensive linkage and confidence to the family and
thus to this breed the chute in Europe enabled.
oF Tibet after steward
from Lizars Animated Nature,London 1832
By confusions of the
First and Second World War unfortunately the tracks of these first European
breed dogs lost, probably also today still another again well making loss
for the genetics of this race do not have themselves.
Sven Hedin from "Transhimalaya " 1907
Only end of the seventies, for a long time after the beginning of the
Holocaust at the Tibetan people, the culture and nature in Tibet by the
Chinese Annexation in the year 1950 came the first Do Khyi again by imported
goods this time from stocks of the immigrants from Nepal, Bhutan and India
Many valuable blood lines of the race became extinct
by the pursuit of these dogs by the Chinese in Tibet and irreparably lost.
After the Do Khyi represents a basis of the rural, nomadic way of life of
the Tibetan people is particularly these dogs pursued and killed around to
prepare the soil for a new for the Chinese conceptions adapted way of life.
Nepal with Do Khyi
Source of picture: Adventure dog
VGS publishing house
Descriptions from my surrounding field according to, could be seen on
journeys in Tibet, in the exchange of the University of only recently still
many to the Do Khyi similar dogs, which were very badly treated however,
usually in the villages, a majority of these dogs might be no longer clear
in breed. Only one Do Khyi at a herd of Yaks, which was apparently a
splendid specimen. Photographing the same, likewise all other dogs was
forbidden by the Chinese travel company.
In addition, still goes today from the
representatives of this breed, who realize world-wide a quite peculiar
attraction on humans, whom the owners of these representatives can
acknowledge again and again.